It was a brutal night for the Yankees, who fell, 16-1, coming within one game of elimination in the Major League Baseball playoffs. The Red Sox produced their fourth seven-run inning in a postseason game and first since Game 1 of the 2007 World Series against the Colorado Rockies.
Severino started New York's postseason with four shutout innings in the AL wild-card win over Oakland last Wednesday. Kimbrel didn't seem to have his control Tuesday, loading the bases and then forcing in a run to make it 4-2 when he hit Neil Walker with a pitch. In his first two playoffs with the Red Sox, Porcello has a 7.68 ERA. For the second straight night, Yankees rookie manager Aaron Boone hesitated to remove his starting pitcher early.
Boston will host the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday night at Fenway Park. Given the Red Sox bullpen's well-earned reputation for occasionally dousing gasoline on a ballgame and waving around a match in the middle innings, I thought Alex Cora should have tried to squeeze another inning out of him, though he clearly missed his spots a few times in the fifth.
Yankees and Red Sox fans are, of course, nothing if not patient and understanding...
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For the Red Sox, it marks their first trip to the League Championship Series since 2013 - when they won their most recent World Series title - and 10th appearance since divisional play began in 1969. He pulled all the right strings and led his talented roster to a convincing four-game victory in the once hostile but now docile Yankee Stadium. Don't know about you, but after this, my nerves will be ready for another Red Sox-Yankees series in, oh, about 14 years.
CC Sabathia became the latest pitcher to put NY in an early hole as rookie manager Aaron Boone again stuck with his starter too long, and the Yankees fell just short of extending their season Tuesday night with a 4-3 loss to the rival Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of their AL Division Series.
Nothing stood more for Cora's aggressive style than his decision to turn to putative Game 5 starter Chris Sale for the eighth inning with the Red Sox holding a 4-1 lead. "And Aaron, he's one of our resident deejays, so he's got a pretty extensive playlist", Boone said later that day at Yankee Stadium, a smirk filling his face.
Sale, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Andrew Benintendi - lots and lots of contributors across the Red Sox clubhouse. Before the game, Cora had vowed to use his ace only if the "perfect spot" presented itself - and apparently, the eighth inning of a potential clincher, with the eighth and ninth spots in the Yankees' order due up, was it. Red Sox relievers have given up five in 11 innings. "That's it", Price said after his ALDS start.
The Red Sox made it 4-0 when Vazquez lined a 2-1 fastball into the right field seats off Zach Britton.