It was a loud night in Boston, in front of the packed Fenway crowd as the Red Sox captured a 6-2 win in the AL Wild Card Game over the Yankees, and will advance to the ALDS where they’ll take on the Tampa Bay Rays.
Xander Bogaerts got the Sox up early in the bottom of the first inning, as the shortstop followed Rafael Devers’ two-out walk with a two-run big fly into the packed center field seats. Cole would serve up a one-out double to Hunter Renfroe, though get out of the second cleanly.
His night would be done, however, just a trio of at-bats into the third inning. Kyle Schwarber led off the third with a solo homer into right field, and Kiké Hernandez singled — Devers walked yet again, and it ended Cole’s night.
Nathan Eovaldi was quite strong, as heading into the top of the sixth he had let up just two hits and had struck out seven. Eovaldi struck out the leadoff batter, Rougned Odor, but Anthony Rizzo took the right-hander deep with a solo shot. Aaron Judge’s single knocked Eovaldi out, as he closed his night out hurling 5 1/3.
Ryan Brasier would be summoned from the bullpen, and Giancarlo Stanton would clobber a long single off the Green Monster that was just inches away from leaving pthe park. But after a nice relay from Hernandez and Bogaerts, Kevin Plawecki tagged out Judge at home to keep the Yanks’ tally at just one.
From there, Alex Verdugo struck big for Boston, twice. He followed up a Bogaerts walk with an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth, which made it 4-1, and after a trio of walks from Schwarber, Hernandez, and Bogaerts, Verdugo knocked in two as he lined a two-RBI single into left to put New York’s deficit at five.
Tanner Houck and Hansel Robles would toss a pair of scoreless frames, and Garrett Whitlock would have the ninth, where he’d allow a solo homer to Stanton after he roped it around the Pesky Pole — but he’d capture the win with ease.
The Red Sox will look forward to their ALDS matchup against the Rays.
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