Out at home: Yankees eliminated by rival Red Sox in ALDS

Tanya Simon
October 12, 2018

This was the first playoff meeting between the clubs since then, and the Red Sox once again made themselves right at home in the Bronx. "For us to be on the other side kind of getting excited about our games and getting some energy towards playing, it just helps us play better".

NY mounted a last-ditch rally against wild closer Craig Kimbrel, scoring twice in the ninth inning.

"We played a really hard season, we managed to win 100 games and then we get to this point and we just can't finish off a series against the Red Sox".

One night after Boone, the Yankees manager, had his bullpen moves (and non-moves) scrutinized mercilessly in the NY papers - the consensus being that he was too late in pulling his starter and too passive in deploying his better arms in what would become an ugly 16-1 loss - the Yankees, this time facing elimination, again fell behind in the early innings with the bullpen at rest. "I don't know what happened, but now, you can see guys are uncomfortable coming here to play".

Porcello said he had never been that nervous in a game before.

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By the time reliever Chad Green finally mopped up the mess - and not before giving up an RBI single to Steve Pearce and a two-run triple to Brock Holt - the Red Sox had sent 11 men to the plate, scored seven runs and put themselves in position to clinch a berth in the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros with a win Tuesday night in Game 4. "I think it was a sound decision". Rick Porcello is set to pitch for Boston while CC Sabathia will start for the Yankees.

"I definitely want to play next year", Sabathia said. "Hopefully, we can go out there and give them reason to keep building as the game unfolds".

As any New York Mets fan (including this author) can attest, Angel Hernandez has been the worst umpire in baseball since just about forever. "Watching from afar past year, especially in the postseason, you could kind of see that raw, intense connection that the fan base had with the players, and that created a lot of buzz going into the winter obviously. It's not just the same old guard".

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. Boston ended up winning 10-3, paving the way to the Red Sox's first World Series title since 1918. "I don't understand why he's doing playoff games".

Boston's 16-1 blowout Monday marked the most lopsided defeat for a home team in post-season history, and shortstop Didi Gregorius called it "an embarrassing day". "We like to hear that song sometimes when we win a big game". "I rounded the bases, and seeing everyone going nuts in the dugout was a pretty cool moment for me".

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