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They finally did it! In one of the wildest games of the season, the Boston Red Sox clinched the AL East. With the magic number at one for three days now, Boston finally managed to bring home the division. While clinching at Fenway would obviously be the ideal scenario, the Red Sox did the next best thing by winning it in Yankee Stadium. This is the first time in history that the Red Sox have clinched the AL East in three straight seasons.
Boston Red Sox Clinch Division, Do Damage To The Yankees
If you’re looking for a hero from tonight’s game, look no further than knuckleballer Steven Wright. This game got out of hand fast, with New York putting up six runs in four innings against Eduardo Rodriguez and Heath Hembree.
Wright entered the game in the fifth inning and completely shut down the Yankee offense. New York had no answer for his knuckleball, as the righty allowed just one hit and no walks in three innings.
Of course, this great win wouldn’t have happened without some fantastic offense. After slumping for the past few games, the Red Sox bats came alive in the division-clinching victory. While everyone had a great game offensively, the leader of the offense was the probable league MVP Mookie Betts.
Betts suffered an injury scare earlier in the week, but it looks like he is back and ready for postseason play. Mookie finished his night going 4-5 with two doubles and the most important home run of the season.
Holding an 8-6 lead in the top of the eighth, Betts stepped up to the plate against the flamethrower Aroldis Chapman. Chapman left a slider over the inside of the plate, and Mookie made him pay. The right fielder launched a bomb over the left field fence. The three-run shot gave the Red Sox a five-run lead and effectively locked up the division.
Of course, Mookie didn’t do it alone. Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley Jr added home runs of their own, and the Sox put up 11 runs on the night. Even though the Red Sox clinched the division, they still have some work to do before clinching home-field advantage. Chris Sale takes the hill tomorrow against the Cleveland Indians in the hangover game.