The Sox completed a come from behind victory last night over the Yankees, scoring 3 in the 9th inning and then winning on a walk off single from Andrew Benintendi in the 10th. The 5-4 victory completed a four game sweep over the hated rival Yankees and pushed the Red Sox division lead to 9.5 games, the largest lead all year! So how did this momentous sweep come about?
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Game 1: After falling behind 4-0 early, the Red Sox put up an 8 spot in the 4th inning to blow open the game. They went on to win 15-7, stroking 19 hits as a team. Five different Red Sox players got at least three hits in the game. Mookie Betts went 4 for 4 with two walks, and newly acquired Steve Pearce hit 3 homers in the game!
Game 2: Rick Porcello was downright dominant, throwing a one hit complete game in a 4-1 win. Porcello only threw 86 pitches in his nine innings of work, and struck out 9 Yankees batters. The Red Sox couldn’t muster quite as much offense against Luis Severino, but they simply didn’t need it with Porcello's performance. Pearce hit his fourth homer in two games and Ian Kinsler and Eduardo Nunez added RBI’s.
Game 3: The Sox also won this one 4-1. Mitch Moreland homered in the 1st to give Boston a 2-0 lead which they never relinquished. Nathan Eovaldi was magnificent in this game, pitching 8 scoreless innings and only giving up 3 hits. Since being acquired at the trade deadline, Eovaldi has been incredible, going 2-0 while giving up 0 runs and only 7 hits in 15 innings pitched. J.D Martinez added his 33th homer of the year.
Game 4: This one didn’t look like it was going to go our way when New York took a 4-1 lead in the 7th inning, but the Sox managed a miracle. Boston rallied for three in the 9th, with the help of a two run J.D Martinez single, and a throwing error from Miguel Andjuar that scored Jackie Bradley Jr. with two outs. The Sox had all the momentum and Andrew Benintendi singled home pinch runner Tony Renda in the 10th.
Every series against the Yankees is a big one, but this sweep has huge implications. Whichever team wins the division avoids the one game wild card game and likely ends up with home-field advantage through the entirety of the playoffs. The four game sweep puts Boston firmly in the driver’s seat as they now lead by 9.5 games with around 50 games to go. Despite the Yankees having the league’s third best record, Boston has the largest division lead of any team in the majors now.
Sweep Stats: In the four game series, Boston outscored New York 28-13, outhit them 42-20, and even held them to only one home run in the last three games of the series. Most of the Boston lineup was dialed in for the entire series, and Boston completed the sweep without even having the injured Chris Sale available. There is plenty of reason to celebrate this Sox team in Boston after this past weekend.