We now know that it will be the Boston Red Sox challenging the Houston Astros in the ALCS. But they sure did make it interesting on Tuesday night. After jumping on C.C. Sabathia early and getting out to a 4-0 lead by the fourth inning, the Yankees didn’t look like coming back. They would get one back in the fifth frame, but went hitless in innings six through eight.
The Red Sox didn’t add on either, though they sure would’ve liked to. That said, Boston took a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning with Craig Kimbrel coming to the mound. In other words, there are worse situations to be in.
But Aaron Judge would lead off with a four-pitch walk. Didi Gregorius got a single. And suddenly, Giancarlo Stanton came to the plate with nobody out and representing the tying run. He struck out, but Luke Voit drew a walk to load the bases. Yet instead of turning to Miguel Andújar on his bench, manager Aaron Boone went with Neil Walker instead. And on the very first pitch, got hit.
Following the HBP, Gary Sánchez nearly got all of one — but it was only good enough for a sac-fly, bringing the score to 4-3. That meant Gleyber Torres would need to be the hero. Instead…
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There will be decisions that Boone may look back on and regret, but there’s a reason the Red Sox won 108 games this season.
“I’ve been talking about them the whole season, so now we go,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters following the game when discussing their next opponent, the Houston Astros. “Best of seven. They know me. I know them. It should be fun.”
We’re looking forward to it.