In­side Brock Holt’s un­likely, his­toric cy­cle that de­fined the Bos­ton’s blowout win

StarMetro Vancouver - - THE FEED - Dave Sheinin

NEW YORK—SO much had to go wrong for the New York Yan­kees and un­can­nily right for the Bos­ton Red Sox for Game 3 of their Amer­i­can League Divi­sion Series to wind its way to one fi­nal, sur­real mo­ment late Mon­day night in a mostly empty Yan­kee Sta­dium: Austin Romine, the Yan­kees’ backup catcher, on the mound fac­ing Brock Holt, the Red Sox’s re­serve in­fielder, in the ninth in­ning of a mas­sive blowout, with his­tory rid­ing on both sides of the matchup.

Romine had just be­come the sec­ond po­si­tion player in his­tory to pitch in a post-sea­son game, while Holt was a home run shy of be­com­ing the first bat­ter in his­tory to hit for a post-sea­son cy­cle.

“I told ev­ery­one (in the dugout), ‘Get me up. I need a home run for the cy­cle,’” Holt said of the buildup to his fi­nal at-bat. “I was go­ing to try to hit a home run, but I fig­ured I’d ground out to first.”

Sure enough, Romine grooved a 79-mph pitch — iden­ti­fied gra­ciously as a Bos­ton’s Brock Holt fol­lows through on a triple against the Yan­kees on Mon­day.

“slider” on MLB Game­day — and Holt pounced on it, hook­ing it down the right-field line, just in­side the pole, for a two-run homer that ac­counted for the fi­nal runs in the Red Sox’s stag­ger­ing 16-1 vic­tory, which put them ahead 2-1 in the best-of-five series. The Red Sox had a chance to clinch a berth in the AL Cham­pi­onship Series Tues­day.

“I round the bases,” Holt said, “and see­ing ev­ery­one go nuts in the dugout was a pretty cool mo­ment for me.”

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