Boston একটি the end of a 162-game, six-month regular season with one night is both nerve-racking and brutal. But if a team is going to determine its year by a winner-take-all competition, the best antidote is its ace, an elite starburst of baseball, Tilla.
The Yankees were in unfavorable Fenway Park on Tuesday against their long-running attack for the 2021 American League wild-card game at Gerrit Cole. The Boston Red Sox faced all-stars like their best starting pitcher this season, Nathan Eovaldi, Cole.
In a meeting of incomplete and consecutive 92-winning teams, the Red Sox and Evoldi lost 6-2 to Yankees and Cole. For the fifth time on Tuesday, these two-storied rivals played a play-off elimination game, and the Red Sox have now won the last three.
“I know a lot of people doubted us and they doubted him and all that,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said of Eovaldi. He added: “He was amazing.”
The Red Sox are now set to face the Tampa Bay Race in an AL Division series starting Thursday. It will be a tough job: The Race, the DFDN Champions, have won 100 matches this season, finishing eight of the Red Sox and Yalk East Yankees.
Despite having a regular-season equal record, the Red Sox won the right to host wild-card games as they won the 10-9, the Tu series with the Yankees. And on Tuesday night, the Red Sox, who were the home’s best hitting team in baseball this season, showed just how much it helped in front of a crowd of 38,324 sold out in Boston.
“It was really loud, especially in the first inning,” Red Sox shortstop Janard Bogarts said. “Especially when the Yankees were hitting in that first inning, it got really loud. It was a huge advantage for us.”
As he pitched, Cole repeatedly shouted “Giririt! Ziarit! “And when he felt them in the first inning, Cole surrendered the game’s first critical hit: a two-run 427-foot blast at center field by Bogarts.
Two innings later, the Red Sox again took advantage of Cole’s continued path direction. He turned to his bread and butter pitch, a high fastball, in an attempt to hit Kyle Schwartz but it didn’t work. The shower bar stuck it over the right field fence for a single blast.
“The crowd was electric there and it certainly took me to a place where I didn’t really know how to run bases,” Schwarber said.
Single and then walk, Yankees manager Aaron Boone came out of the dugout to remove Cole from the game. It was a stunning departure for Cole, typically a powerful postseason call that the Yankees signed for জাতীয় 324 million before the 2020 season for this national moment. Cole led the Yankees to the dugout in the third inning without an out, bowing his head and saying goodbye to the Red Sox fans. This was the beginning of the shortest post season of Cole’s career.
“My stomach is sick,” Cole said after the game, adding later, “It’s the worst feeling in the world, and it happens with 29 teams every year, going home early and not achieving your ultimate goal.”
Much like the Yankees, Cole went down the finish line. Despite being vaccinated, he missed two weeks in August after being infected with the coronavirus. He suffered a hamstring injury in early September, returning just a week later, but insisted in the wild-card game that his leg was OK. In September, he averaged a vague 5.13 runs.
Cole declined to point out any reason for his subpar performance or between Tuesdays – or really, any. Evoldi, on the other hand, struggled against the Yankees in the final week of the season, coughing up seven runs on September 24, but he and the Red Sox identified his pitching problem and corrected it.
“We had the right people on the hill today,” Cora said.
Using a mix of fastballs and wicked breaking balls from the -0s, Evoldi floated the Yankees in the fifth and third innings. At one point, he retired 11 straight. But with Evoldi set to face the Yankees line-up for the third time since the sixth inning, Cora took no chances and Evoldi turned the game into a bullpen shortly after a single home run surrendered to Anthony Rizo.
“It’s not frustrating to be frustrated but obviously I understand the situation and everything,” said Ivaldi, the World Series hero for the Red Sox in 2018, who faced the Yankees for the seventh time this season.
Cora added: “They knew him and he was great. When I went to Mb, he gave me this look, ‘What are you doing?’
Cora’s move works but it adds excitement to the game. Facing his first batter, Red Sox reliever Ryan Brasier fired a missile of hit to Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton. But the ball broke from Green Monster on the left center field, losing a game tied to a two-run house a few feet apart, which irritated Stanton.
The Yankees then completely squandered the opportunity. In Stanton’s explosion, third base coach Phil Nevin handed home-star outfielder Aaron Judge against the Red Sox outfield defense who was adept at cutting base runners. From Enrique Hernandez to Bogarts, Kevin Plowkey threw the relay to catch, and the judge was easily caught on the home plate.
“It was one of the biggest moments of the game,” Bogarts said.
The Red Sox then chipped in the revolving door of Yankees Reliever. Left fielder Alex Verdugo drove to Bogarts with a double in the sixth inning. In the next frame, Verdugo gave the Red Sox a 1-1 lead with two more runs with a single, enough cushions to withstand a single blast from Stanton’s ninth inning.
Unsurprisingly throughout the year, the Yankees lead the major leagues in regular season walks. But none of them drew on Tuesday. Instead, they hit 11 times. This was one of the most confusing aspects about the Yankees this season.
Many difficult decisions are waiting for them this winter. What about catcher Gary Sanchez, who fought variously and had a year left before free agency? What to do with Gliver Torres, who was knocked out loud at the player and shortstop before moving to second base in September?
Can they keep the judge after the 2022 season, who is a free agent? “I want to be a Yankee for a lifetime,” he said after Tuesday’s rate.
Will the unsigned boon return for 2022? He said, “I left here tonight because I am proud of what so many people have done since I was here. No matter what happens, I’m at peace with it and I know I can keep my head up.
Most importantly, though: how did the Yankees front office improve a roster that was both talented and inconsistent, and hasn’t won a World Series since 2009?
Outfielder Brett Gardner, the Yankees’ longest player, said: “If it was something that was clear or I knew, we would have shut it down or adjusted it, in May or July or August.” More than an hour after the end of the game in his uniform.
After being out of the final, the Yankees left the field as soon as the Red Sox jumped into the fray. One competitor was sent home – again – while the other continued.