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