The Boston Red Sox secured their spot in the second round of playoffs with their final win against the New York Yankees in New York on Tuesday, Oct. 9, with a 4-3 victory. The Red Sox seemed unfazed coming into this American League Division Series Game 4 after their loss to the Yankees at Fenway Park. After the game, fans could hear Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” blasting from the club house. The Red Sox were determined to get the win for Boston and return home as champions.
The series started off strong for the Red Sox with the first win of the series at Fenway. They started the game with three runs in the first inning and two in the third inning. It was a quiet two innings, then the Yankees got on the board with two runs in the sixth inning and another in the seventh. Despite the Yankees’ efforts, they were unable to overcome the five run deficit that was established in the first three innings.
The Yankees and the Red Sox took the field at Fenway again for the second game in the series. Despite playing on their home field again, the Red Sox fell short. The Yankees scored runs in the first two innings; one in the first and two more in the second inning. The Red Sox finally got on the board with a run in the fourth and again in the seventh, but the Yankees had already secured their win with three runs earlier in the inning.
The next game of the series was two days later at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox were the first on the board in the second inning with a single run and scored nine more times before the Yankees scored their first and only run of the game. The Red Sox finished the game silencing all fans with a crushing 16-1 defeat. The team optimized almost every hit they had that game with 16 runs, 18 hits and no errors. The Yankees only had five hits and, successfully, zero errors.
The next night the Red Sox had the chance to take the American League championship trophy back to Boston when the rivals returned to the mound. It was a scoreless two innings, until the Red Sox took the lead in the third inning with three runs, and pushed their lead even farther in the fourth inning with another run. The Yankees got themselves on the board with a single run in the fifth inning, but couldn’t take on the lead that the Red Sox had gained earlier in the game. The Red Sox finished on top with a final score of 4-3 to take the American League Championship while the only song ringing in the locker room was the classic “New York, New York.” The Red Sox had four runs off eight hits and the Yankees had three runs off five hits and one error.
The Red Sox will now compete in the League Championship Series beginning on Oct. 13 against the previous World Series Champions, the Houston Astros, at Fenway Park.