And everything else went Boston's way all night, so why not this?
The Red Sox pounded out 18 hits and scored their most runs in a road playoff game.
Severino's velocity appeared to be down a tick in the opening innings, and he allowed six runs on seven hits in three-plus innings.
The New York Yankees were 6-0 at home in the postseason past year, and enter Monday's ALDS Game 3 with the AL Wild Card Game win in their pinstriped back pocket.
Adding to the humiliation, the Red Sox got to revel in a second champagne celebration at Yankee Stadium in less than three weeks. With a win, Boston will earn a trip to the American League Champion Series and a date with the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros.
The Yankees DH came up as the tying run in the bottom of the ninth and struck out against Boston closer Craig Kimbrel and was booed loudly following the at-bat.
"You get a little antsy when a position player is on the mound. I need a home run for a cycle, '" Holt said.
"I think it's going to be wonderful". And you were terrified when Pedro Martinez came into the game, the Yankees fans' murmur turned to a taunt, it seemed like the cruelest trick yet might happen, and you know it. And besides his stellar performance defensively in the ninth, Vazquez hit his first homer since June in the fourth, putting the Sox up 4-0.
I'll remember this next time, whenever there is a next time. "I rounded the bases, and seeing everyone going nuts in the dugout was a pretty cool moment for me". "Everybody was rooting for him". "If we stay in the same rhythm coming here playing at home, especially in front of all these fans, just keep the same rhythm and everything going and go in the right direction, we'll be fine". Kimbrel and the Red Sox - suspended in mid-celebration for a minute - resumed bouncing around in excitement. We have a bad night, we don't get to play.
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Mookie Betts, in fact, hit a 405-foot flyout to the center-field warning track to begin the game. The 2015 All-Star also doubled home a run in the eighth and finished with five RBIs. "We felt the matchup was good for him".
Every starter had at least one hit for the Red Sox, who piled up 18 in all.
Stanton had plenty of company throughout the ALDS, since only Aaron Judge produced consistently, but the Yankees expected more from Stanton, whom they acquired last December in a trade with the Marlins.
Sale had started Game 1 and would have been in line to start a decisive Game 5. You know how it worked: Just how Cora wanted it to when he wrote out his lineup card. "It was a special moment for me". "I think our bullpen did a fine job during the postseason". He was awful at first base.
That's a small but meaningful gesture that shows what a considerate guy Betts is.
"He got his normal pitches routine", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "It wasn't an issue".
"They haven't lost a playoff game in a while there, and it's a tough place to play", Cora said.
With one out, the Yankees put runners at second and third on a double by Gary Sanchez and an infield single by Torres before scoring their first run on a sacrifice fly by Brett Gardner. Since losing Game 2 of the 2004 ALCS, the Red Sox have outscored the Yankees 34-9 in postseason games in the Bronx. The fifth was where he encountered his most significant threat. The big lefty was ejected from his last regular-season outing for hitting Tampa Bay catcher Jesus Sucre with a pitch during a testy game between division rivals on September 27. Sabathia appealed a five-game suspension from Major League Baseball that would not take effect until next season.
"I'm not going out there trying to do that", Kimbrel said.