"I'm not going out there trying to do that", Kimbrel said.
CC Sabathia became the latest pitcher to put NY in an early hole as rookie manager Aaron Boone again stuck with his starter too long, and the Yankees fell just short of extending their season Tuesday night with a 4-3 loss to the rival Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of their AL Division Series.
We will never know what would have happened had Boone pulled starting pitcher Luis Severino before the top of the fourth inning, when it was painfully clear the right-hander did not have the requisite weapons on this night to hold off Boston's relentless offense.
Severino's 10-2 record and 2.74 ERA this season at Yankee Stadium, including seven innings of one-run ball the last time he faced the Sox on September 19, should give him all the confidence needed to put the Yankees up 2-1 in the ALDS. Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS was a Red Sox rout, you say?
Angel Hernandez is a horrific umpire and it's insane Major League Baseball keeps running him out for playoff games.
And yet it was the Sox who looked like juggernauts by the time the American League Division Series was over at Yankee Stadium late Tuesday night. He also put Nunez back at third base after going with Rafael Devers in Game 3 (he had a pair of hits).
The only other position player to pitch in a postseason game was Toronto infielder Cliff Pennington against Kansas City in the 2015 AL Championship Series.
Prior to the Yankees Wild Card win over the A's, Pedro Martinez, who works as an analyst for TBS, took time out of the broadcast to let the world know that Severino made him aware that he wasn't completely healthy during the second half of the regular season - and that the club needed him on the mound, hence his decline in productivity.
"They just had a lot of stuff going right". The ball went out of play, but Betts noticed that a fan sitting by the wall had dropped his cell phone onto the field of play.
Boston second baseman Brock Holt celebrates hitting a two-run home run with second baseman Ian Kinsler in the ninth inning in game three of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium.
Former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) shined in his first career postseason start, allowing one run on five hits in seven innings.
Following Benintendi's hit, the Red Sox extended the lead on a single to left by Steve Pearce off Chad Green. But they sat back down when Severino escaped the third and were still seated when he jogged to the mound to open the fourth against the bottom of Boston's order.
On Severino's night went, as Aaron Boone barreled on in what quickly turned into full disregard of caution or urgency. Grumbles, sarcastic applause and a smattering of boos from the crowd of 49,657 greeted the entire transaction. All three calls were overturned on instant replay.