Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge power Yankees to Game 2 win in ALDS

BOSTON MA.- OCTOBER 5 Brandon Workman #44 of the Boston Red Sox yells out after striking out Gleyber Torres #25 of the New York Yankees with bases loaded in the sixth inning of Game 1 of Major League Baseball's American League Division Series at F

Eduardo Nunez, Ian Kinsler and Sandy Leon are out of the starting lineup in favor Rafael Devers at third base, Brock Holt at second and Christian Vazquez behind the plate against Yankees right-hander Luis Severino.

For all the focus on big boppers, J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi for Boston, and Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez for NY, relievers have reigned in an error when starting pitchers often are shown the exit before they have a chance to stumble too much. David Price could join the bullpen after his early flameout in Game 2, since the left-hander lasted a mere 10 batters in a 6-2 loss. In Game 7, Ortiz crushed a two-run homer in the first inning off Kevin Brown, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead in a game they would never trail and eventually won 10-3.

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora was not happy with one of his pitchers for making excuses over his lack of hustle during Game 2 of the ALDS.

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. "I want him to go out and be himself and go out there and look to really set the tone for us and throw his game, and if he does that, hopefully, we'll be in a good spot at any time when we take him out tomorrow". Bumps in the road happen in this sport, and this game will humble you at different times in your career, and at different times in the course of the season.

"Hicks is good. It was a much harder decision today", the Yankee manager said. But on Saturday night, the player feeling the crush of those walls, and hearing the vitriol of the crowd, wore the home-white trousers and home-red jersey of the Red Sox. Last October, Willson Contreras hit a 491-foot homer for the Cubs.

Price was yanked off the mound after logging just 1 2/3 innings; per Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, it was the first outing of his career during which he failed to record even one strikeout. "I guess he told you guys he slipped or something like that". But a homer is a homer.

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Injured first baseman Mitch Moreland, who usually starts against right-handed pitching, is also out of the lineup for Steve Pearce.

"I don't know. I'm not sure", he said.

"I'm not sure", Price said, when asked what was behind his command issues. "It's an honor to me". With his Yankees up 3-1 in the series, El Duque shut out the Red Sox - who led the majors with 949 runs, more than 50 ahead of second place, during the regular season - through seven innings as NY built a 4-0 lead. Eleven days later, NY won its 22nd World Series title.

Both the Judge and Sanchez homers came on 91-mph fastballs, a couple of ticks below Price's 93-mph average this season. Here's Boone on what he saw all along that made him know this was coming back: "At-bat quality, from the get-go". Although Sanchez told ESPN's Buster Olney, postgame, that he didn't think much of it, considering Brasier struck out Sanchez with a 97 miles per hour fastball, Brasier's brashness went unwarranted upon Sanchez's nail in the coffin homer, two frames later.

"The reason why [I called timeout] was because my hands were a little numb from a foul ball", Sanchez said to ESPN's Buster Olney on the field after the game. "Whatever I have to do to help us do that, I'm fine with".

Sanchez's sudden offensive explosion came at a time he needed it the most.

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