Photo Credit: Jim Davis / Boston Globe
Monday night wasn’t a “must win,” but the Red Sox received a spark from two unlikely sources.
Most Red Sox fans knew going into Monday night’s game that a victory would be crucial to alter momentum in the series – and the Sox delivered. The bright lights of Yankee Stadium proved to be too bright for ace, Luis Severino, as the Sox overwhelmed him early, and often.
In many cases this season, the Sox have been powered by the future AL MVP, Mookie Betts, and J.D. Martinez. Though each player asserted themselves within the game, it was the bat of Brock Holt and arm of Nathan Eovaldi that powered the Red Sox to a critical Game Three win.
Holt was identified as a player that may change this series and it was on full display last night. Whether it was an incredible defensive play, or hitting for the cycle, Brock provided the Red Sox with a necessary spark. The bottom of the order had struggled greatly through games one and two as six through nine in the order had been 3-26 at the plate.
Meanwhile, the bottom part of the order was 9-20 and accounted for 9 RBI’s. The impact of Brock Holt should not be understated and would be a crime if he’s not in the lineup in a potential clinching game.
Enjoy the cycle:
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) October 9, 2018
To be fair, there were many Red Sox fans that weren’t exactly enthusiastic about the Red Sox deadline acquisition. However, any doubt was put to rest as the hard-throwing righty maneuvered his way through the vaunted Yankees order once again over 7 magnificent innings.
Manager Alex Cora joked that he’d take 7 innings / 2 hits / 1 run out of his starter and Eovaldi nearly delivered that exact line while scattering 5 hits and one run over seven.
Nathan Eovaldi has now allowed a mere one earned run over 23 innings against the Yankees since being in Boston. That will work!
Nathan Eovaldi, 100mph Paint (88th pitch). ️ ️ pic.twitter.com/ztmQDYnRAu
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 9, 2018
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