After 1st postseason cycle, Holt returns to Boston’s bench
Ian Kinsler was back at second base Tuesday night for Game 4 of the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees and left-hander CC Sabathia.
Holt, a left-handed batter, had four hits and five RBIs in Boston’s 16-1 rout Monday night, his first appearance in the series. His cycle came in the 1,562nd postseason game in major league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“I told him it’s a tough league,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said with a smile. “I talked to him this morning, and he knew. He knew where we were going. Let’s see how the game plays out. It’s one of those that either we get to CC early and they bring (in) the righties, or we have to grind out at-bats against CC for five innings, and we need the righties. So he’ll be ready.”
The right-handed-hitting Kinsler is 3 for 9 in the series with one RBI and five strikeouts.
Cora inserted Eduardo Nunez at third base in place of Rafael Devers, who started Game 3. Christian Vazquez was behind the plate for the second straight night after Sandy Leon started the first two games.
“We’ve been doing this the whole season,” Cora said. “We feel this is the best lineup to attack CC Sabathia. He’s one of the best lefties in the big leagues. He’s a lot tougher against lefties than righties, and we’ve got a group of righties that we feel we can match up with him and take advantage of the situation.”
Boston leads 2-1 in the best-of-five series.