What Brock Holt and the Red Sox said about history-making cycle

Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees 10/8/18, Prediction & Odds

What Brock Holt and the Red Sox said about history-making cycle

Angel Hernandez is a horrific umpire and it's insane Major League Baseball keeps running him out for playoff games.

Craig Kimbrel and the Boston Red Sox held off the Yankees' ninth-inning rally that ended with a video replay, eliminating NY with a 4-3 victory Tuesday night that set up a post-season rematch with the World Series champion Houston Astros.

To listen to the full "John Flaherty Report" on "Boomer and Gio", in which the ex-Yankee also looks ahead to Tuesday night's Game 4, click on the audio player above. "And when he came back, next to Voit, he made a little comment to him and smiled a little bit, nearly like, you know, 'I got one right, '" Flaherty said.

Twitter absolutely went off on Hernandez during and after the game and he was actually trending in the USA after.

For the first time since 2013, the Boston Red Sox are heading to the American League Championship Series.

The Red Sox are 8-1 in their last nine Monday games.

It's a new phenomenon for numerous young players on the Yankees, who only have the last two seasons, and maybe the 2015 Wild Card Game, to draw on.

The Red Sox hold homefield advantage over the Astros, but Houston holds homefield advantage over the Yankees.

"Earlier tonight I used an expression while referencing Masahiro Tanaka's recent pitching performance", Darling, who is of Hawaiian-Chinese descent on his mother's side, said in a statement. "You don't usually see that", the 58-year-old analyst said on TBS's telecast (via Awful Announcing).

■ Fellow outfielder Marwin Gonzalez put together a solid season, blasting 16 homers to go along with 68 RBIs and a team-high 126 strikeouts.

Lynn promptly walked Mookie Betts on four pitches to force home a run that made it 4-0, then gave up a three-run double to Andrew Benintendi. NY is 8-3 in its last 11 home games versus the Red Sox. Against the Red Sox this season: 1-0 in two starts, 3.46 ERA, 15 strikeouts, five earned runs on 10 hits over 13 innings.

The Yankees, however, were holding Benintendi on with Luke Voit at the first base bag.

In the seventh, still leading 10-1, Benintendi swung at a 3-and-0 pitch from Yankees reliever Jonathan Holder.

In their seven matchups this season, the Astros averaged 4.9 runs per game and the Red Sox averaged 4.4 runs per game. The former delivered the hit that broke Game 3 open in the fourth inning, when he blasted a bases-clearing double to make it 7-0 Red Sox. Steve Pearce played first and had an RBI single in the fourth.

"We feel like CC physically is in a good place right now coming off a really good start at the end of the year", said Aaron Boone yesterday.

Most notably, Darling received criticism for being insensitive in analyzing the outing Saturday by Masahiro Tanaka, a Japanese pitcher who started for the Yankees in Game 2. Sabathia appealed a five-game suspension from Major League Baseball that would not take effect until next season.

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.

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