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Holt Hits for Cycle, Red Sox Blow Out Yankees 16-1 in Game 3 of ALDS

Tuesday, October 09, 2018


Brock Holt hits for the cycle

Brock Holt became the first player in MLB history to hit for the cycle in a postseason game and the Boston Red Sox blew out the New York Yankees 16-1 in game 3 of the ALDS on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

"He's been swinging the bat well for a while now. We felt the matchup was good for him tonight,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora after the game.

The game was Holt’s first of the postseason.

The win gives Boston a 2-1 lead in the series.

Red Sox Blow Out Yankees

Boston took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when catcher Cristian Vazquez hit an infield single to score Rafael Devers.

In the third inning, the Red Sox would add to their lead when JD Martinez hit a sacrifice fly to score Mookie Betts and then Andrew Benintendi scored on a Devers ground ball to put the Red Sox up 3-0 .

The Boston offense then exploded in the fourth inning when Holt started things off with a single and would score when Yankees pitcher Luis Severino walked Mookie Betts with the bases loaded to put the Red Sox up 4-0.

Still, with the bases loaded,  Benintendi belted a three-run double to put Boston up 7-0.

Later in the inning with Boston up 8-0, Holt would hit a two-run triple to give the Red Sox a 10-0 lead.

Holt would double home a run in the eighth inning and hit a two-run home run in the ninth to complete the cycle.

Along with the cycle, he finished the game with five RBIs.

Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi went seven innings and give up five hits and one run, while striking out five.

Game 4 

Game four is set for Tuesday, October 9 at Yankee Stadium.

The pitching matchup is New York’s CC Sabathia against Boston’s Rick Porcello.

Game time is set for 8 p.m.


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