Of course, in addition to the importance of winning that game, which determined which team would take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, it's not hard to argue that few leads of any size can be considered safe against these Yankees, particularly in their stadium.
Houston went 4-3 against Boston this season.
Boosted by noisy fans in their homer-friendly ballpark, the Yankees entered 7-0 at home the past two postseasons - against out-of-division opponents. To make matters worse, the Red Sox clinched while in NY. Both players are free agents at the end of the season and NY could opt to go younger with guys like Chance Adams in the starting rotation and Clint Frazier in the outfield.
Didi Gregorius singled and Giancarlo Stanton struck out, dropping to 4 for 18 (.222) with no RBIs in the series. Eovaldi allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, throwing 72 of 97 pitches for strikes. By the time the fourth inning was over, three of his calls were overturned and a fourth call was upheld on review.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone only has two games of Stadium postseason experience to draw on himself - this year's Wild Card Game as the manager, and last year's as a broadcaster - but he knows those two games against the Twins and Athletics will be nothing compared to the next two nights.
With the stakes at their highest, however, the Yankees never left the yard in two home games versus Boston.
Dent, now 66, hasn't had a lot of success while on the field in a ceremonial role. But his ineptitude was on full display in Game 3 of the Yankees-Red Sox ALDS Monday night.
"I do need to say this though", the veteran lefty said before letting it fly.
Boston added championships in 2007 and 2013, becoming one of baseball's elite clubs, but the Red Sox had been knocked out in the Division Series the previous two years and had not reached the sport's final four since their last title. Rick Porcello is scheduled to pitch against NY lefty CC Sabathia. Aaron Hicks missed a home run by about 4 feet on a foul drive down the right-field line, worked the count full, then popped out to Kinsler to backpedaled from second to short right field.
Those who pitched in relief for the Red Sox in the DS allowed seven runs in 17 innings (a 3.71 ERA) with 17 strikeouts and 11 walks. But since he had first base Monday night, he'll be behind the plate for Tuesday night's Game 4.
He needed 35 pitches to get through two innings and nicked Benintendi on the right shoulder with a slider on his first pitch of the third.
"So I was saying before that, on a 10-1 score, Benintendi took off to run and stole a base".