Red Sox Walk-Off with Four Game Sweep of the Yankees
Boston, Massachusetts - When previewing the pivotal four game series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees last week, I wrote that a sweep in either direction would result in a much clearer vision of the AL East division race. Never did I expect that Boston would actually sweep their rivals from the Bronx, but that's just what happened last night.
Going into the first game of the four game set on Thursday, Boston had a five and a half game lead in the division. A sweep of Boston would result in the upcoming race for the division title becoming a tight one. A sweep of New York would result in the largest division lead in all of the MLB. Fortunately, the latter is what occurred. And what makes it even more impressive that Boston has the largest lead in any division with a nine and a half game advantage is that they are doing it against a Yankee team that is twenty-four games above .500 and one of the best squads in the history of the pinstripes. The Red Sox are just that much of a juggernaut.
The first game resulted in a 15-7 win for the Sox with Brian Johnson getting the win. Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, and Andrew Benintendi combined for ten hits, but it was Steve Pearce who became the Yankee killer as he rocketed three home runs out of Fenway Park.
The second game saw the love spread out again when Pearce hit another home run off of supposed New York ace Luis Severino, as Eduardo Nunez and Mitch Moreland also drove in runs. The real ace was Rick Porcello, who pitched a complete game one-hitter, en route to a 4-1 win for Boston.
The third game saw another 4-1 final score as both Moreland and Martinez went yard, the latter hitting his thirty-third off the year, and Nate Eovaldi pitching another gem with eight scoreless innings thrown and the win.
The final game was a thriller. After Betts gave Boston a 1-0 lead, David Price's stellar performance ended on a sour note when the Yankees jumped up 4-1. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Boston tied the game thanks to at bats from Martinez and Xander Bogaerts. They set up Benintendi for the walk-off single in the tenth inning.
It was a great way to finish the sweep in what is already being referred to as one of the all-time great series between Boston and New York (so long as you're a Sox fan).