The Red Sox historic 2018 season rolls on. The Sox beat the Yankees 4-3 in the Bronx to close out the best of 5 ALDS 3-games-to-1. They will now take on the Houston Astros in the ALCS with game 1 Saturday night at Fenway Park.
Rick Porcello got the start and pitched well going 5 innings allowing only one run. He left with the Sox up 4-1 after throwing only 65 pitches.
This was one of many controversial yet ultimately successful moves made by manager Alex Cora who pulled all the right strings in one of his most masterful games as Red Sox manager.
Cora pulled Porcello after 5 innings relying on the Red Sox embattled bullpen to get the final 12 outs. Matt Barnes pitched a clean 6th, Ryan Brazier the 7th and then Cora went for the jugular bringing in would be game 5 starter Chris Sale on for the 8th. Sale set down the Yankees 1-2-3.
“I don’t like the Chris Sale move.”
*Sale shuts em down*
“CORA IS A WIZARD.”
— Red (@SurvivingGrady) October 10, 2018
Things got tense in the 9th inning as Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel allowed the first two runners to reach base. He struck out Ginacarlo Stanton before walking Luke Voit to load the bases with one out.
Kimbrel then hit Neil Walker with a breaking ball to force in a run making it 4-2. Gary Sanchez then narrowly missed hitting one out, instead popping a warning track sacrifice fly to left that scored another run making it 4-3.
But Cora stuck with his plan and his man. It was Kimbrel or bust, and with no one warming in the bullpen Kimbrel got Gleyber Torres to ground out to third on a very close play that had to be reviewed before being confirmed.
Red Sox win 4-3. Had it all the way.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) October 10, 2018
The Red Sox are now in the ALCS for the 11th time in franchise history. They face the defending World Champion Houston Astros who swept them in three games in last year’s ALDS.
For the Red Sox it’s the first ALCS appearance since 2013 which ended with a World Series title.