The Yankees needed a strong outing from veteran starter CC Sabathia to keep their postseason hopes alive, but they didn’t quite get it. Sabathia was out after three innings of Tuesday’s American League Division Series Game 4 after giving up three runs to Boston’s powerful offense. In an elimination game, that wasn’t what the Yankees hoped for, and the eventually fell to Boston 4-3 after a thrilling ninth inning.
It all started when the Red Sox, as they often do, put pressure on Sabathia in every inning, until finally getting on the board in the third via a J.D. Martinez sac fly, an Ian Kinsler double and an Eduardo Nunez single.
One BIG inning for the Sox.
Boston’s on the board first. pic.twitter.com/oqi9IsQvun
— MLB (@MLB) October 10, 2018
Once again, Yankees fans will be left to debate whether manager Aaron Boone was too slow getting to his bullpen. It was part of their problem in Monday night’s 16-1 rout. Eyes were fixated on the Yankees bullpen early in the third inning, despite Sabathia being left on the mound to get all three outs.
Yankees Win Probability in 2nd
Start 50% of course
Benintendi HBP 46%
Pearce 1B 36%
Martinez SF 39%
Bogaerts GO 41%
Kinsler RBI 2B 30%
Nunez RBI 1B 22%
Boone never budged
— James Smyth (@JamesSmyth621) October 10, 2018
In all, Sabathia surrendered three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out one batter. The Yankees will need to lean on their bullpen — one of the best in baseball — to survive Game 4. But even that didn’t start out well, as reliever Zach Britton surrendered a homer to the Christian Vazquez, the first batter he faced in the fourth inning.
The Yankees fought back, getting a run in the fifth and two in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the early hole.
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