In a heated rivalry, Boston came into game four of the ALDS up 2-1 on the Yankees and was looking to finish the job in New York at Yankee Stadium after an impressive win the night before.
Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia got the start and wasn’t his usual self as he struggled early. In the top of the 1st inning he got out of a bases loaded jam, but then ran into more trouble in the 3rd as the Red Sox this time were able to get on the scoreboard, taking an early three run lead. Sabathia saw his outing come to an end after just three innings, as Manager Aaron Boone made it an early bullpen game for New York.
On the other side, Boston’s Rick Porcello seemed to be in playoff form going five innings strong allowing only four hits and one earned run. With Porcello keeping the Yankees’ bats quiet, Boston kept the pressure on as catcher Christian Vasquez took reliever Zach Britton deep in the top of the fourth to extend their lead 4-0.
The Yanks wouldn’t find life until the bottom of the fifth, as outfielder Brett Gardner reduced the lead 4-1 on a sac fly with catcher Gary Sanchez scoring on the play. The real excitement didn’t come until the bottom of the ninth as the Yankees threatened, scoring two runs late with a chance to win the game but just falling a little short, as Gleyber Torres ended the Yankees season with a groundout to third.
The Red Sox have punched their ticket to the ALCS and will now face the Houston Astros with a chance to make it to the World Series.