Boone made the same costly mistake in Game 4 - leaving the starter in too long when better options existed in the bullpen - that he did in Game 3 one day earlier. Entering Monday, Holt was 0-for-8 against the right-hander this season.
- If the Red Sox are going to win the pennant, they'll probably need more out of Mookie Betts who went just 3-for-16 in the series and now has a.238 career playoff batting average. After the game, an agitated Severino said of the analyst, "How does he know what time I normally go out?" "We like to hear that song sometimes when we win a big game".
- The Red Sox have won seven of their last eight playoff games vs. the Yankees.
Craig Kimbrel was on the verge of a meltdown in the ninth inning Tuesday night, when two runs scored to cut the 4-1 lead he began the frame with to 4-3. "It was awesome once it was confirmed".
Kimbrel created his mess by loading the bases on four-pitch walks to Aaron Judge and Luke Voit sandwiched around a single by Didi Gregorius. He entered the game in the ninth with a three-run lead, loaded the bases, allowed two runs, nearly gave up a walk-off grand slam to Gary Sanchez, before finally getting Gleyber Torres on a grounder to third to wrap it up.
Porcello said he had never been that nervous in a game before.
Rick Porcello (1-0) and three relievers preceded Kimbrel's high-wire act.
Matt Barnes got two groundouts in a scoreless sixth, Ryan Brasier pitched a ideal seventh and Chris Sale ended a scoreless eighth by striking out Hicks. "This is what we live for".
"I told [Holt] it's a tough league", Cora said with a grin before Game 4.
Start spreading the news, Boston is headed to the ALCS! Boston is 4-4 in those matchups, winning each of their last three World Series appearances.
Game 1 is Saturday night in Boston.
Sure, everyone knew that closing a game out in Yankee Stadium against the heart of this NY order wasn't going to be easy, but few believed it was going to be this hard.
Well, the Red Sox remembered that move and had some fun with it... while also enjoying some champagne. Ian Kinsler worked a two-out walk and Holt (a homer short of the cycle) was presented with a gift. The right-hander required only 28 pitches to that point, changing speeds and keeping the NY hitters off balance. Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier followed with a flawless inning each to protect a 4-1 lead, and Red Sox ace Chris Sale followed with a 1-2-3 eighth in a rare relief appearance.
Stanton's final ALDS line: 4-for-18, six strikeouts, one double play and zero home runs.
For just the second time ever, the Red Sox got to celebrate advancing in the postseason on the field of their rivals, the Yankees, while at Yankee Stadium. Boston forced the veteran left-hander to grind through 59 pitches, and a pair of Cora's lineup changes from the previous night's Game 3 paid dividends.
Following Benintendi's hit, the Red Sox extended the lead on a single to left by Steve Pearce off Chad Green. "It's incredible that he's getting a job to umpire in these playoff games".
NY got its first run on Brett Gardner's sacrifice fly in the fifth.