Sox Beat Yankees, Move On To ALCS

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By Tyler Englander  10/10/2018

Goodbye New York and hello Houston.  The Red Sox dispatched the New York Yankees in game 4 of the ALDS to clinch the series and advance to the American League Championship Series against the Astros. The 4-3 win in game 4 featured strong starting pitching for the Sox with Rick Porcello going five innings giving up one run. The win marks Porcello’s first career playoff win.

The Sox got things going in the third getting three runs off Yankee starter C.C. Sabathia. The runs came courtesy of a J.D. Martinez sac fly, and RBI hits by Ian Kinsler and Eduardo Nunez. The Sox would add to their lead with a Christian Vasquez homer in the fourth. The Boston bullpen kept the Yankees off balance with some help from Chris Sale.  The Sox ace came out of the bullpen to pitch a scoreless 8th inning.

Things got interesting in the 9th, however, as closer Craig Kimbrel walked two men and yielded a single loading the bases.  He then hit Neil Walker to force in a run and gave up a sac-fly before getting the final out on a bang-bang player where Steve Pearce made a great diving scoop at first base on an errant throw from Eduardo Nunez.

The Red Sox are moving on to face the defending World Series Champion Houston Astros. Game 1 is slated for Saturday night at Fenway Park. Sale is will likely get the start for the Red Sox while the Astros are expected to counter with Justin Verlander.