It was a brisk October night at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, when the Boston Red Sox geared up for a winner-take-all Wild Card matchup against the New York Yankees. On the mound for the Red Sox, standing a sturdy 6 foot 2, was the 2021 All-Star, Nathan Eovaldi, known for his previous clutch performance for the Red Sox, coming in the 2018 World Series vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. On the bump for the evil empire was the highest-paid pitcher in MLB history, being paid $324 million dollars, Gerrit Cole. Although it was only a Wild Card matchup, this game had a special aura surrounding it, as the last time the Red Sox and the Yankees played each other in a one-game, winner-take-all was in 1978, when Red Sox fans left the park dejected after a now-infamous home run hit by Yankee shortstop Bucky Dent. Spirits were high early for Red Sox fans as in the first inning, All-Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run home run, giving the Sox a 2-0 lead. The bats continued to stay hot in the third inning, as designated-hitter Kyle Schwarber hit a shot to right field, sailing over the Red Sox bullpen, making the lead 3-0. Boston’s center fielder Alex Verdugo’s timely hitting led to three more runs batted in. At the same time as the bats being steadily hot, Eovaldi was throwing yet another postseason gem. Through five innings, he did not give up a single run, and after only one earned run given up by him, which came at the beginning of the sixth inning, he was subsequently pulled shortly into the sixth inning. The pitching continued to thrive, as a combination of four pitchers from the Red Sox bullpen only gave up one run for the rest of the game. The Sox bats also continued to flourish, as the final score ended up being 6-2. The “Bronx Bombers” still lived up to their nickname, with their only runs coming from solo home runs by Red Sox alumnus Anthony Rizzo and Red Sox nemesis Giancarlo Stanton, but they couldn’t overtake the solid pitching and timely hitting of Boston’s strong.
Red Sox vs. Yankees Wild Card Recap
by Matthew Flahertyon October 21, 2021