With two outs, Gleyber Torres grounded out weakly to third, the throw beating him by a half-step - an outcome that was confirmed on replay review, forcing the Red Sox to delay their wild, teeming celebration at the centre of the infield for a few heart-pounding seconds.
"We figured we would use some starters at times, you can do that with some of the time", Dombrowski said.
NY mounted a last-ditch rally against wild closer Craig Kimbrel, scoring twice in the ninth inning.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone only has two games of Stadium postseason experience to draw on himself - this year's Wild Card Game as the manager, and last year's as a broadcaster - but he knows those two games against the Twins and Athletics will be nothing compared to the next two nights. I definitely can help and still get guys out. They were here to win three games and move on. "It doesn't happen too often, but when you get to that point with your closer, that's who you're trying to get to and you look at it today and most of the series, they did a really fine job". With a win, Boston will earn a trip to the American League Champion Series and a date with the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros.
"I think it's going to be awesome". It's also, of course, played at Yankee Stadium after every game.
"I didn't know until I finally spoke to Severino that Severino wasn't totally healthy, and they could not afford to stop him from pitching, " Martinez said on the show. "Hopefully, we can go out there and give them reason to keep building as the game unfolds". The Yankees, who set a major league record with 267 homers this season, were held without one for the first time in four games this postseason, falling to 10-22 in 2018, regular and postseason combined, when failing to homer.
"Yeah, I think that's something that really started previous year, as this fan base absolutely connected with this new young corps that has developed", Boone said. "It's not just the same old guard".
The expected weakness of the Sox, who are four wins from the World Series, indeed looked vulnerable.
Boosted by noisy fans in their homer-friendly ballpark, the Yankees entered 7-0 at home the past two postseasons - against out-of-division opponents. When Didi Gregorius lashed a double off Porcello in the fourth, it represented the Yankees' first extra-base hit since the seventh inning of Game 2. Don't know about you, but after this, my nerves will be ready for another Red Sox-Yankees series in, oh, about 14 years. "I rounded the bases, and seeing everyone going nuts in the dugout was a pretty cool moment for me".