The New York Yankees’ season ended last night as the American East champion Boston Red Sox eliminated New York in game 4 in a best of five series. The final score was 4-3 with the Yankees, down 4-1, falling short with a ninth inning bid to win the game.
The Yankees had split the first two games in Boston and looked to take advantage of two consecutive home games in the Bronx.
But Boston was up to the task as they showed New York that there was more to the game than hitting home runs.
After losing to the Red Sox in a 16-1 blowout, the Yankees turned to veteran lefty C.C. Sabathia in hopes of keeping Boston’s offense at bay
The Red Sox are one of the few teams that can keep pace with Yankees ability to score runs. In addition to having immense power with the like of Designated Hitter J.D. Martinez who crushed 43 round tripper, the also have Mookie Betts who hit more than 30 home runs and more than 30 stolen bases.
Despite the fact that the Yankees set a new season record for home runs in a season with 267 round trippers, the Yankees couldn’t get the pitching they needed from their starters to match Boston’s rotation.
Still, the Yankees had their chances and the bullpen kept the game close.
The first two innings were a scoreless affair unlike the previous game where Boston took an early lead and then throttled the Yankees with seven runs in the fourth. But the Red Sox were able to muster 3 runs the first run scoring when Martinez hit a sacrifice fly driving in Andrew Benintendi from third for the game’s first run. With first baseman Steve Pearce on second, Ian Kinsler, Boston’s second baseman doubled to left fielder Brett Gardner making it a 2-0 score. The third run when Eduardo Nunez drove in Kinsler from second making it a 3-0 lead.
The following inning, things only worsened for the Yankees when right handed hitter Christian Vasquez crushed a home run to right field making it 4-0.
Despite the aura of negativity, the Yankees scratched a run in the fifth inning when Brett Gardner hit a sacrifice fly driving in Gary Sanchez from third finally giving Yankee fans some hope in an otherwise disappointing performance. Despite this, Boston’s pitching continued to shut down the Yankees hitters until the ninth.
Boston’s highly reliable ninth inning closer suddenly couldn’t find the strike zone. First he walked Aaron Judge then shortstop Didi Gregorius singled. Two Yankees were on base. Then slugger Giancarlo Stanton came up and put the fear of the almighty in the hearts of Red Sox nation. But Stanton struck out disappointing Yankee fans everywhere. Then first baseman Luke Voit walked to load the bases. Suddenly the Yankees were an extra base hit from tying the game. Neil Walker came up and he took one pitch and it hit him and suddenly the score was 4-2 with only one out. The next hitter was catcher Gary Sanchez. Sanchez had hit two home runs in game two in Boston. Could he do the same and give a crucial game four victory? Sanchez swung the bat and hit it far but not far enough. His sacrifice fly made the score 4-3 but now there were two outs. Next up was the highly touted rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres. Could he make like Derek Jeter and lead the Yankees to a come-from-behind win. Alas, he took two pitches and swung at the third grounding out and ending the Yankees exciting season in disappointing fashion. The Yankees have a lot to look forward to as they look to rebound in 2019. Perhaps adding some speed and improving their starting pitching are places they could focus on if they want to go deeper and make it back to the fall classic again like the days of yore.