Hernandez's troubles started in the second inning, when Didi Gregorius bunted with Giancarlo Stanton on first and the umpire ruled Gregorius beat the throw from pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. They have a solid approach. He threw 72 of his 97 pitches for strikes and forced 17 swings-and-misses, striking out five against no walks. That's the only way you can get back into the count because they're disciplined and they don't chase a lot. But tonight, I think we settled down pretty nice.
Nathan Eovaldi (6-7, 3.81 ERA) will start today for Boston, while NY counters with Luis Severino (19-8, 3.39). He made three other starts this season and went 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA over 231⁄3 innings.
Luis Severino looked out of sorts from the start. The only time they scored more runs in the postseason was a 23-7 win over Cleveland in 1999.
On the same token, Porcello is "higher up the depth chart", or so it seems, in the Red Sox rotation, so moving him is a bit of a hedge.
Aaron Judge finished 2-for-4 with a first-inning solo home run, a walk and two runs scored in Saturday night's 6-2 win at Boston. Aaron Sanchez finished 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs. In six postseason outings, he's only cleared the fifth inning once.
It's a positive and encouraging trend. "He's been actually good against them", said Sox manager Alex Cora. "He's had success against them, and it seems like it's a good matchup; obviously, in the playoffs, game planning is part of it, and I know they're going to be ready, but we will too, and we trust his stuff".
"It definitely gives me confidence just knowing that I've had recent success against them", Eovaldi said. "Me watching from afar a year ago, especially in the postseason, you could kind of see that raw intensity connection that the fan base had with the players".
"I think some of my experiences in Detroit, I started postseason games in Detroit, came out of the bullpen, just seeing what transpires, especially in a short series in five games, each game is essential", said Porcello. While the "pen had to handle seven innings in Game 1, the only reliever who pitched in both Game 1 and Game 2 was Zach Britton, and there was an off-day on Sunday. But you got to be thinking at first base, maybe take a little more pride in what you're doing".
"This one I'll remember for a long time", said Holt, unaware of his achievement until told by a television reporter right after the final out. "So I'm very confident that, regardless of what happens today, we have the right guy on the mound tomorrow".