The Red Sox picked up their 108th win of the season in their final game before the playoffs.
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Entering today, the Red Sox hadn’t lost 4 games in a row all season. They weren’t about to start now. They defeated the Yankees in blowout fashion 10-2 for their franchise record 108th win of the season and now it’s onto the playoffs.
This game was over pretty quick, as the Red Sox scored 7 runs before the Yankees recorded their first hit.
J.D. hit a 3 run shot in the 4th inning, his 43rd of the year, breaking the Red Sox record held by Dick Stuart for home runs in his first season with the team. Those 3 RBIs pushed his season total to 130, best in the majors.
Bogaerts hit a 2 run homer in the 2nd inning to push the lead to 7-0. His 23 home runs and 103 RBIs this season are both career highs.
Mookie Betts capped off a likely MVP season by going 1-2 with a run scored. He earned his first AL batting title with his .346 average.
On the mound, the Red Sox used 8 pitchers today. Rick Porcello started the game and threw 2 hitless innings. Then, the bullpen took over and everybody threw 1 inning apiece. Eduardo Rodriguez got credit for the win, his 13th of the year.
Notably, Craig Kimbrel came in and struck out the side in the 9th. He looked to be ready for the postseason.
The Sox won their final game of the regular season the same way they won so many others: by scoring a ton of runs and holding on with good pitching.
Next up, the Red Sox will play the winner of the AL Wild Card Game, so either the A’s or the Yankees , in Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday. It has been an unbelievable season for the team so far, but we will have to see if they can continue this success when it really counts: in October.