Yankees straight up stole the souls of the Red Sox last night as they faced their ace, crushed him, and finished the season series winning 11 of the 19 games. Winning 3 of 4 going into this series was imperative if the Yankees wanted to have any hopes of capturing the AL East division crown, and the Yankees managed to do just that. Everyone on the squad did their part this weekend to help bring Boston's lead in the division back down to within striking distance.
CC Sabathia took the mound in game 1 and did what he's done all year against Boston, which is dominate them. He gave the Yankees 6 strong innings allowing just one run, even after a troublesome first inning where it looked like it was all going to fall apart, he recovered nicely, and finished strong. He called out the Red Sox for bunting against him, a ridiculous debate, one in which I will not involve myself. Still I support him calling the Red Sox soft and lighting a fire under the ass of anyone in that Yankee clubhouse. Friday the Yankees bats fell asleep and the Red Sox did just enough to squeak out a victory against Sonny Gray.
The weekend arrived and so did the Yankees first must win games of the season. Well, at least in terms of winning the division. Tanaka pitched like the ace we've expected him
to be all season cruising through the Red Sox lineup. Matt Holliday made his triumphant return by blasting a three run shot to seal a Yankees victory. The Yankees had now taken 2 of 3 from Boston securing the season series win. The Yankees needed to win this series to realistically have a good chance at winning this division, though, a split was not going to be enough. Heading into a final game against Chris Sale the cards seemed to be stacked against the Yankees.
Sale like all great Red Sox pitchers just has simply struggled to beat the Yankees, in fact he has not been able to defeat the Yankees all season despite pitching well against them. One might even say we're his Daddy. If that wasn't cut and dry going into last night it certainly was following his atrocious performance. The Yankees took Sale deep not once, not twice, but three times, and it probably would've been even more if that bum could've lasted more than 4 1/3 innings. The Yankees had a 3-0 lead following solo homers from Headley, Frazier, and Holliday. Talk about getting production from where you least expect it. The Yankees then donated a run to the Red Sox the following inning since we felt bad about destroying their ace pitcher. Then, we got into the Red Sox bullpen and did serious damage scoring six runs in one inning thanks to a Gary Sanchez infield single, a Starlin Castro bases clearing double, and an Aaron Judge moonshot that still might be in orbit somewhere up in the stratosphere. Yankees went onto stomp the Red Sox 9-2.
What a way to end the season series. Dismantling the Red Sox, shaking them to their core after they watched their ace fail to show up in a big spot once again. The Yankees just seem to own Sale, and it's only going to get buried deeper into his head that he's property of the New York Yankees if the Red Sox keep allowing us to beat him to a pulp. Yankees now have all the momentum they could possibly need heading into the stretch run whereas the Red Sox are shaking in their boots. Will the Yankees do the unthinkable and cap
off this magical season with a division title run or will the Red Sox be able to hold onto first place for dear life. I guess
will just have to wait and let September baseball run its course. I will say this, momentum is key this time of year, and the Yankees seem to be on fire right about now. Time to sweep the Orioles and keep this momentum train rolling.