Xander Bogaerts and Kyle Schwarber home runs lift Red Sox against Yankees in AL generic card game
The Boston Red Sox survived to fight for a few more days.
Behind home runs from Xander Bogaerts and Kyle Schwarber, the Red Sox were able to oust New York Yankees starter Gerrit Cole early and maintain the lead to win the American League playoff game and advance to the Division Series. against the Tampa Bay Rays.
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The Red Sox pitched Nathan Eovaldi for the critical game. He lasted 5 1/3 innings before being called out. He gave Anthony Rizzo a home run and three more hits before Alex Cora decided to unplug the plug and go to the paddock. Ryan Brasier, Tanner Houck, Hansel Robles and Garrett Whitlock would help shut the door. Boston won the game, 6-2.
Boston was also helped by a brutal baserunning blunder in a chaotic sixth inning.
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Eovaldi would be eliminated after Aaron Judge released an infield single. Giancarlo Stanton would subsequently strike an imposing shot from the Green Monster. Yankees third baseman Phil Nevin waved Judge home as Kiké Hernández lined up the ball. He passed the ball to Bogaerts who returned it to Kevin Plawecki. The judge was a mile away.
It was one of the Yankees’ best chances to start a stint and he was stopped dead in his tracks.
Stanton finished the night 3-for-4 with a home run.
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Boston scored another run at the end of the sixth and seventh innings thanks to Alex Verdugo. Verdugo finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
The Red Sox will now face the Rays in the ALDS. The series begins Thursday.
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Boston has now eliminated the Yankees in their last two playoffs. The last one came in 2018 and the Red Sox ultimately won the World Series.