"That's kind of what we've been waiting for to some degree, where he can take over a game on offense". Lasting just 1 2/3 innings, the Boston Red Sox $217 million hope once again saw his value dwindle in another postseason disaster that took home field advantage away from Fenway Park. If you're a Red Sox fan, that's gotta hurt. The Yankees' second batter of the game, Judge, crushed a 91-mph cutter over the wall in left-center field, an estimated 445 feet - Judge's third homer in three games this postseason. They've kept that in line by taking care of business (Saturday) and beating David Price.
Perhaps because the Sox stole Game 1 of the ALDS (yes, stole - the Yanks' inability to drive in RISP cost them the contest), manager Alex Cora figured, there'd be less pressure on Price to perform at Fenway.
Five innings later, Sanchez crushed a more poorly located pitch, depositing Eduardo Rodriguez's 92.7 miles per hour two-seam fastball well beyond the high wall in left-center. "That's what happens when you miss it right in the middle of the plate".
The All-Star outfielder was making noise for what he did after the game, too.
Bregman added a solo homer in the seventh inning - his sixth career playoff homer and second in as many games against Cleveland - to produce the final margin. Last October, Willson Contreras hit a 491-foot homer for the Cubs.
Given that the ALDS is only a best-of-five series, Boston won't need Price to start again versus the Yankees.
Judge is certainly happy with his team's performance so far. "Me watching from afar previous year, especially in the postseason, you could kind of see that raw intensity connection that the fan base had with the players". But a homer is a homer. "Whatever I need to do to help us do that, I'm fine with". He threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings against them on July 1 and allowed one run in seven innings when he last faced them on September 19. Berra had two in Game 7 of the 1956 World Series.
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"I had good command with it". Brasier motioned impatiently for Sanchez to get back in the box, and told him so in some impolite terms. "It's an honor to me".
And there is no guarantee he will get another chance in 2018, with Game 3 of this series to be played Monday night at Yankee Stadium, and the first team to notch two more wins advancing to the AL Championship Series next weekend.
The teams have Sunday off before resuming the series in NY on Monday night. So is he a short reliever against lefties or a long reliever if the Sox fall behind early in Games 3 or 4?
At one point, Brasier was so angry about Sanchez's delay tactics that cameras caught him telling the catcher to "get back in the f--ing box".
Both Sanchez and Severino have dealt with their struggles this season. "This is going to be a little crazier for this Boston game, for sure".
The Yankees' offensive barrage also included a home run from Aaron Judge in the top of the first ("I mean, everybody knows that Judge has way more power than me", Sanchez joked after the game).
Sanchez's sudden offensive explosion came at a time he needed it the most. It was one in which he batted.186 and had two disabled list stints due to groin injuries.