Red Sox use Garrett Whitlock while losing close game for first time all season, he responds by dominating with 97 mph fastballs

The decision to use Whitlock in a game the Red Sox trailed was an aggressive move, and one that paid off. Cora explained that because the Red Sox were short on bullpen arms after using John Schreiber for two innings in Thursday’s win, using Whitlock was a necessity. But Cora also acknowledged that the Sox felt like they had a chance to come back and win with their top hitters, Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts and Alex Verdugo, set to hit in the ninth against struggling Yankees closer Clay Holmes.