Kiké Hernández and Alex Cora share Red Sox approach, ninth inning mentality from second leg win


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He defeated Hernandez in the series winning race on the sacrifice fly.

Kiké Hernández tipping his hat after he hits the game’s winning sacrifice fly to help the Red Sox move to ALCS.photo by Matthew J Lee/Globe) Coronavirus (COVID-19) topic: Reporter: Matthew J. Lee / Globe Staff

Entering the bottom of Game 4, the Red Sox found themselves in a similar place to Game 3.

The team’s bats caught a cold after scoring in the early innings, with all five runs up to that point scored in the third inning. And just like in Game 3, the Red Sox blew up the lead, allowing the Rays to tie it up for the eighth on consecutive nights.

While it took a home run to score the win in Game 3, the Red Sox realized that they didn’t need to take that approach to win Game 4.

Cristian Vazquez started the half with a single GB Verizin. Solo left manager Alex Cora with a tough decision to make, as the catcher isn’t the fastest runner but they probably need him if the game moves to the extras.

So, with the rise of Christian Arroyo, they decided to strike.

“We were ultimately struggling to make decisions,” Cora said. “Adam [Ottavino] He was coming, so we weren’t sure who would run for Christian because of the running game and all that stuff. That’s why we went after, and we kept Christians out.”

bunt worked to perfection. Vazquez moved into second place while Arroyo was knocked out at the start.

With one right on the hill, Cora made another decision. He switched Bobby Dalbeck to Travis Shaw, who had not yet played in the ALDS until that point.

Shaw fought in a six-court bet before hitting the soft bat of third baseman Yandy Diaz. The shot from Diaz to first baseman Jie Man Choi was short, and Choi couldn’t hit the ball cleanly. Shaw was safe at first and Vasquez moved into third.

Kiké Hernández had a chance to hit the game-winning runner in the scoring position, just as he did in Game 3.

“I had the chance to win the game last night and I didn’t,” Hernandez said. “I was thinking, walking to the plate (last night), the way things were going, ‘I’m about to make this place my place.’ But this is me talking to myself to boost my confidence and raise my confidence. To put me in control.”

While working on his confidence, Hernandez realized that the situation did not require him to take the ball out of the park.

“Don’t try to do too much. Hernandez said of his approach.” You know, having Danny (Santana) in third instead of Vazque (Cristian Vazquez) eased my mind a bit. But, thank you fans for shouting my name made my confidence soar several levels, so thank you for that! “

The chants of The Fenway Faithful and the mindset of Hernandez succeeded. On the second court, Hernandez hit a fly ball to left player Austin Meadows, who shot the ball clean and whipped it into the net.

But Meadows’ throw was off the line, and Santana managed to score standing up.

game over. The sequence is over. The Red Sox wins 6-5 and moves to the ALCS.

Thinking about how the half went, Cora took a victory lap for the team approach.

“Perhaps a lot of people have been talking about corona, letting go of things,” Cora said. “But we didn’t need to score four in the ninth game. We only needed to score one. Christian (Vazquez) did a good job getting the base. Christian (Arroyo) did a good job putting out the knockout. Travis (Shaw) did a good job. In putting the ball in play, which is something we always talk about.And then Kiké put the ball in the air.

Old school baseball right there. Baseball Basics. We won ALDS by playing good, basic baseball.”

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