Red Sox manager John Farrell willing to use Koji Uehara for more than three outs if necessary

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Closer and ALCS MVP Koji Uehara didn’t have to throw too many pitches last night. He had tossed his third pitch of the night when Jon Jay hit the infamous ground ball to Dustin Pedroia, starting the chain of events that led to the walk-off obstruction call. As a result, Red Sox manager John Farrell said he is willing to use Uehara for more than three outs in Game 4 if the need arises, per Alex Speier on Twitter.

Uehara last pitched more than one inning in Game 5 of the ALCS against the Tigers. During the regular season, he did it nine times, allowing a run in just one of those nine appearances.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: