Prof: Thank you, Scout, for holding down the fort the last couple of days. For the next couple of weeks I have to be a world class business lady. Of course, I’m always a world class baseball blogger lady, so there’s that.
There’s only one game to recap, so let’s get started.
ALDS Game Four – Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees
The most heated rivalry in baseball continues, as series leading Boston headed to enemy territory to see if they could move onto the next round or if their hated foe would live to face them once more. The Red Sox brought out Rick Porcello, who avid readers of this blog know from my long established belief that he’s the luckiest Cy Young Winner Alive, while the Bronx Bombers started C.C. Sabathia, the respected veteran work horse.
It was knotted at zilch until the third inning, when Boston’s bats warmed up and began swarming Sabathia en masse. By the end of the inning, the Sawx were up by three and Sabathia was out.
Meanwhile, Porcello was like a man possessed, going five innings, allowing only four hits and one earned run. He dropped his postseason ERA to 1.59. Boston needed a strong outing from their starter, and they got one.
Let’s jump ahead to the eighth inning. Boston was up by three, and Alex Cora, rookie manager, desperate to wrap this up and face defending champion Houston in the ALCS, made a bold move (please actually play this video, at least for the first 33 seconds).
That’s right. The Red Sox brought out the big guns. Chris Sale came in relief, and oh, what a relief it was. The undisputed ace and perpetual Cy Young nominee was nearly flawless, going a full inning with no hits, no walks, and no sweat.
Going into the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees were still down by three, and the Red Sox still had another literal ace up their sleeves: one of the greatest closers of the modern era, Craig Kimbrel, although the forever Braves legend did not pitch like the lights out player he generally is. In fact, he loaded the bases then hit Neil Walker with a pitch, causing a run, then gave up a hit and another run, making it 4-3. Suddenly it was panic in the streets of Beantown, panic in the streets of Worcester, hang the DJ.
While Wild Joe Kelly was warming up in the ‘pen, Cora decided to dance with the one what brung him, and left Kimbrel in. It was touch and go, and literally came down to a challenge on the last play of the game…
We don’t have live Major League Baseball until Friday night, when the Dodgers take on Milwaukee at beautiful Miller Park. But until then, be good to one another and let’s continue the conversation in the comments.