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Back in August, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that the Yankees were the only team capable of “doing damage” against the Boston Red Sox. Apparently, Cashman lied, as the Yankees couldn’t do any damage to the Red Sox. Boston officially won the ALDS over the New York Yankees, winning Game Four by the final margin of 4-3. The Red Sox will advance to the ALCS to take on the Houston Astros.
Boston Red Sox Win ALDS, Advance to ALCS Against Houston Astros
The Red Sox drew first blood in the top of the third inning. Andrew Benintendi led off the inning by getting hit by a wild CC Sabathia pitch and advanced all the way to third on a Steve Pearce single. JD Martinez then brought Benintendi home with a sacrifice fly. The damage didn’t end there, as two batters later Ian Kinsler drove a double to left field, scoring Pearce. Eduardo Nunez followed that up with an RBI single to bring home Kinsler and make it a 3-0 game.
The next inning, Christian Vazquez got in on the fun. Leading off the inning, Vazquez hit the shortest home run physically possible, barely clearing the right field porch. Still, a home run counts the same regardless of how far it goes, and the Red Sox took a 4-0.
Meanwhile, on the mound, Rick Porcello had a fantastic game. The righty was dominant from the word go, efficiently working through the first four innings of the game. While he got into some trouble in the fifth, Porcello pitched around some baserunners to escape with just one earned run. However, with the top of the Yankees order coming up, Alex Cora decided to turn the game over to the bullpen.
That faith was rewarded, as Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier handled the sixth and seventh innings, respectively. Neither reliever allowed a hit in their combined two innings of work and perfectly bridged the gap to the eighth inning. Chris Sale pitched an inning of relief and was his usual dominant self. The lefty needed just 13 pitches to get out of the inning and bridge the gap to Craig Kimbrel.
While the rest of the pitchers ran into minimal effort, Kimbrel labored through his lone inning of work. Kimbrel allowed two runs and put the winning run on first base, but he did just enough to clinch the victory. It wasn’t pretty near the end, but a win is a win. And with this win, the Red Sox live to see another series.