BOSTON - That's one way for the Red Sox relievers to take control.
Red Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie said after Game 1 of the American League Division Series that he expected a lot better from Ryan Brasier in Game 2. Tasked with the fifth inning on Saturday, Brasier recorded all three outs by strikeout - the last a huge punch out of Gary Sanchez on a 97 mph fastball, right after Brasier told Sanchez to "Get the (expletive) in the box."
The Yankees catcher, who homered earlier in the game, appeared to be trying to disrupt Brasier's timing by getting out of the box.
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Brasier, a pleasant surprise in the Sox 'pen this season, blew Sanchez away with a fastball on the very next pitch as Sanchez swung out of his shoes.
There were two runners on at the time, one via an Eduardo Nunez throwing error, another a walk. The Sox were down 3-1.