Brock Holt’s Cycle Helps Pace Red Sox Historic Victory, 16-1
The Boston Red Sox got seven outstanding innings from Nathan Eovaldi and Brock Holt became just the 26th player in Major League history to hit for the cycle twice in his career, as the Red Sox crushed the New York Yankees on Monday night, 16-1. That was the most lopsided victory in postseason history and put the Red Sox just a game away from advancing to the American League Championship series.
After a scoreless first-inning, the Boston Red Sox would jump out in front in the top of the second. Rafael Devers lined a single into right field to start the inning. He then stole second and moved to third on a ground out. With two down, Christian Vazquez hit a ball up the middle that Yankees starter Luis Severino was able to get his glove on but not retrieve. That allowed Vazquez to reach on the infield single, scoring Devers.
In the third, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Betts beat the throw to third with Benintendi moving into second on the throw. J.D. Martinez followed with a sacrifice fly that brought home Betts. Xander Bogaerts then grounded a single into right field easily scoring Benintendi to make it 3-0.
In the fourth, Boston blew this game open. Holt led off with a base hit and moved to second when Vazquez followed with a single of his own. Jackie Bradley, Jr. drew a four pitch walk to load the bases and that would be it for Severino.
Lance Lynn came on looking to quell the rally but would have no success at all. He walked Betts on four pitches to drive home Holt and Benintendi followed with a double down the line in right field that brought all three runners around to score and the Red Sox suddenly had a 7-0 lead. Two batters later, Bogaerts singled into left field to moved Benintendi to third.
Lynn was replaced by Chad Green. He got Devers to popout before Steve Pearce grounded a single into left field that scored Benintendi. Holt then lined a ball down the right field line and into the corner. Both runners came around to score as Holt raced into third with a triple. That made it 10-0.
Eovaldi rolled over the Yankees through the first three innings, allowing just two hits. In the fourth, New York would finally get on the board. Back-to-back singles by Luke Volt and Giancarlo Stanton started the inning. A force out allowed Volt to score to make it 10-1.
It would stay that way until the seventh when Boston would put together three successive innings where they scored runs. In the seventh, Bradley doubled with one out and scored on a two-out single by Martinez.
In the eighth, Devers and Ian Kinsler led off with back-to-back singles. Devers scored on a double by Holt. Kinsler came home on a wild pitch and Holt scored on a single by Bradley. That extended the lead to 13.
In the ninth, Boston would add two more. Kinsler drew a two-out walk bringing Holt to the plate. He took the first pitch he saw, lining it over the right field wall for his first postseason home run. That made it 16-1, completing the cycle for Holt.
Eovaldi would come out after seven innings. He allowed five hits and a run. The right-hander did not walk a batter while striking out five in his first playoff start.
Holt finished the contest 4-6 with three runs scored and five RBI. Benintendi was 2-3 with two runs and three RBI. The Yankees offense was led by Stanton who had two hits.
Game 4 will be at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. The Boston Red Sox will send Rick Porcello (17-7, 4.28) to the hill. The Yankees will counter with CC Sabathia (9-7, 3.65). First pitch is scheduled for 8:07.
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