Yankees vs. Red Sox in AL Wild Card game
In front of everyone in baseball, the Yankees and Red Sox, who are the sport’s most historic rivalry, face off again.
With higher stakes than they’ve been all season, follow the action here as we provide live updates and analysis of Tuesday’s AL Wild Card game from Fenway Park.
Aaron Boone shoots Gerrit Cole
When the Yankees signed Gerrit Cole on a nine-year, $ 324 million contract heading into the 2020 season, they expected him to get more than six strikeouts in the playoffs.
Aaron Boone couldn’t wait any longer, however. He shot Cole in the third inning with two men on base and no outs. This put the Yankees in a serious hole because not only will their offense have to fill the deficit, but their enclosure will have to cover the rest of the game.
The last run against Cole: Kyle Schwarber’s home run to right field.
Xander Bogaerts entered the playoffs struggling at home. He may have redeemed himself, however.
Bogaerts pushed Cole deep for a 427-foot homerun and two runs to start the scoring.
The worrying part for the Yankees, potentially: Cole had just lost Rafael Devers, whom he was walking. Then he fell behind Bogaerts before – and this is the worst – serving an 89 mph shift all the way to the core of the plate.
Bogaerts did not miss it.
ESPN’s play-by-play broadcaster Matt Vasgersian raised his voice enthusiastically when Giancarlo Stanton threw a ball at Eovaldi on top of the first. He thought it was gone, as did Stanton, who admired his work outside the box.
In fairness to both of them, it looked like it had disappeared on TV.
Instead, it hit the Green Monster and ended up as a single because Stanton didn’t come out of the box. It wouldn’t have mattered because Joey Gallo then struck out to end the inning, but Stanton’s 345-foot single was a crazy start to what could be a crazy game.
The temperature was around 60 degrees on a cool fall night, at the first pitch for Tuesday, which could affect balls being struck in the air.
It looked like Stanton got it all in the first one, but that didn’t put the Yankees on the board.
Justin Toscano is the Mets Beat Writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all analysis, news, transactions and other Mets, please register today and download our app.
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