"So it just turned into a really bad inning for us", Boone said. He noted that Darling appeared aware that he might be coming off as a curmudgeon - the analyst went on to assert during Monday's telecast that he was a fan of bat-flips and "letting the kids play" - only to claim that "you have to judge for yourself, if you feel like rubbing it in starts to rub you the wrong way". The Astros' scouting report on Boston previous year had been simple: Pound the zone. Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier followed with a ideal inning each to protect a 4-1 lead, and Red Sox ace Chris Sale followed with a 1-2-3 eighth in a rare relief appearance.
As the playoffs approached, Cora's message grew more granular: "Win every pitch". That has to be some kind of record, but while Hernandez didn't speak to the media after the game Major League Baseball backed up the working use of the replay system to deliver the proper result.
The Red Sox attempt to win the series in Game 4, which begins at 8:07 p.m. on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium in New York City. During the regular season, Cora had protected his players, forcing them to take games off whether they wanted them or not, pulling starters early, staying away from relievers on consecutive days.
"It just seemed unusual for a pitcher getting ready for a game like that, and when I find an oddity, it's my job to tell people about it".
"If you're a player, what do you want to play for?"
"This is what it's all about", Porcello said. "I thought Angel Hernandez called a good game".
The play at first base was close, so both teams and a sellout crowd held their breath during a dramatic replay review before the out call was upheld following a 63-second delay.
The aggression extends past personnel changes.
The Red Sox began the eighth inning with back-to-back singles off of Stephen Tarpley before Holt scored Rafael Devers on a ground-rule double, giving Boston a 12-1 lead.
Dent's home run over Fenway Park's Green Monster in the 1978 AL East tiebreaker propelled the Yankees to their second straight World Series title, but Boston eliminated its rival in the Bronx in the teams' second straight postseason meeting. Cora anxious about Game 5.
'We like to hear that song sometimes when we win a big game'.
"No, no, no", Cora said.
He pulled all the right strings and led his talented roster to a convincing four-game victory in the once hostile but now docile Yankee Stadium. "Hey!" he shouted. "We're all in!"
"Yeah, I think that's something that really started a year ago, as this fan base absolutely connected with this new young corps that has developed", Boone said. So he's never technically made two starts with fewer than normal rest in between.
Despite the lack of impact made by Hernandez, Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia lambasted the umpire after taking the loss. Ian Kinsler came around to score on a wild pitch for the Red Sox's 13th run. Eduardo Núnez singled in another run, dropping it to 22%. Sabathia is still among the most competitive pitchers in the game.