Devers got the scoring started in the second by singling off Yankees starter Luis Severino, stealing second base, moving to third on a flyout, and crossing home on Vazquez's infield single. "During the regular season, the Yankees" aggregate 3.38 ERA from relievers was fourth-best in the league. Boone's career with the Yankees ended that winter, when he tore his ACL in a pickup basketball game, violating the terms of his contract, leading to his release in late February.
As Darling spoke, cameras with a 7:32 p.m. ET timestamp showed Severino stepping onto the mound in Yankee Stadium's home bullpen.
For the Red Sox to salvage this game, their beleaguered bullpen would have to keep the Yankees' offense at bay for the rest of the game, and their own lineup would need to chip away at what was then a three-run lead against Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka and the army of flamethrowing relievers they had in reserve. That is, until the Red Sox opened the floodgates. The Red Sox were making consistent hard contact. Results notwithstanding, he should've come in earlier in the inning rather than Lynn.
His postseason leading up to Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS was not great.
"Obviously this is my first, but I'm excited", Eovaldi said. "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".
Thanks to a seven-run fourth inning, the Sox were leading 10-0 entering the fourth, sucking the life out of the home crowd.
The contest was still tied, 5-5, when Boone stepped to the plate to lead off the 11th inning.
Hoping for a deep outing, Boston manager Alex Cora selected Eovaldi for Game 3 over Rick Porcello, who pitched two-thirds of an inning of relief in Friday's opener and now will match up against 38-year-old left-hander CC Sabathia in Game 4.
Eovaldi's mark at Yankee Stadium is 3.38 in two starts, slightly better than his 3.70 career ERA in the Bronx, but again, that's inflated by the one start he made here with the Rays - or, if you look at the other side of the coin, not representative of the six shutout innings he pitched here on September 16. He pitched for the Yankees in 2015 and '16 before injuring his elbow, which required Tommy John surgery for the second time. The 28-year-old right-hander, who throws at 97-98 miles per hour, allowed no earned runs in three of four starts this year against the Yankees.
"Trying to keep the ball in the ballpark - try and get quick outs, try not to let the crowd get too insane and get behind them and get them going", he said.
Then there's the question of what happens if the Red Sox win game three.
"We all know he's capable of that", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
Yankees players were ready for familiar sounds when the series resume. Like when you throw 100 and you place it in the right spot, even if they take a good swing, you can get missed hits. 190 of the 214 regular season games in which he's appeared have been starts.
"He didn't rush to get in there or any of that stuff", the pitching coach added.