‘Embarrassing’: Yanks routed by Red Sox 16-1, trail ALDS 2-1

Heather Diaz
October 13, 2018

I'll remember this next time, whenever there is a next time.

Boosted by noisy fans in their homer-friendly ballpark, the Yankees entered 7-0 at home the past two postseasons - against out-of-division opponents. Be assured, there will be plot twists and tensions your baseball mind can not even imagine.

Boston's 16-1 blowout Monday marked the most lopsided defeat for a home team in postseason history, and shortstop Didi Gregorius called it "an embarrassing day". Sure was. Cathartic too. I don't know why he was saying that.

"He shouldn't be anywhere near a playoff game", Sabathia said after the Yankees' season-ending 4-3 loss to the Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALDS. They got shutout innings from Matt Barnes, Ryan Brazier, and ace-turned-temporary-setup-man Chris Sale, which was a surprise.

The Boston Red Sox are moving on. But the Red Sox escaped one batter later when Gleyber Torres grounded out to Eduardo Nunez at third base.

The Astros will play either the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees in the ALCS. "They were pretty loud for that Oakland game". You can exhale now. It was an exceptional defensive play by a player who does not have an exceptional defensive reputation.

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In the last gasp of the Yankees' season, against Kimbrel in the ninth, the Yankees, trailing by three, loaded the bases with one out on a single and a pair of walks, then scored a gift run when Kimbrel hit Neil Walker on the top of the foot with a slider. Porcello then ended the inning by getting Aaron Hicks on a pop-up on the ninth pitch of the at-bat.

Finally, as Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers was driving in their second run of the inning to make it 3-0, Boone got a pair of relievers heated up. But Porcello got him to pop out, in what would be his final pitch of the night.

In stark contrast to Boone, Red Sox manager Alex Cora could seemingly do no wrong these past two nights, his every move producing not just the desired result, but something extra.

A couple of them got a little exhausted, however.

With starter Nathan Eovaldi on the mound, Christian Vazquez was tabbed to catch over Sandy Leon. After Sabathia held the Sox scoreless in the first two frames, he led off frame number three by hitting Andrew Benintendi with a pitch (unintentionally). "I'm trying to have a 1-2-3 inning but it doesn't always work out like that". Dave Dombrowski. Midseason acquisitions Kinsler and Pearce made important contributions Tuesday.

That Game 3 victory featured a different lineup. "We like to hear that song sometimes when we win a big game". He was just 5-for-31 (.161 average) with one extra-base hit (a double) and nine strikeouts against the Twins (in the ALDS) and the Red Sox. It was a much-needed display of offensive prowess from the catcher, who became the proverbial whipping boy of Yankees fans after batting just.186 during the regular season.

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