The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees at Fenway in the wild card round, 6-2. When the ball sailed over the center-field fence, landing in the stands in a crowd of happy Red Sox fans, the momentum was set for the rest of the game. The star of the game for Boston was Xander Bogaerts, who turned to the dugout to flex moments after sending a rocket to the outfield.
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This undeniably is the matchup the Yankees wanted after going on a scorching hot run to make the playoffs. Unfortunately, for the Yankees, the Red Sox were well prepared and more than ready for them. Yankees ace Gerrit Cole struggled to pitch all night as it seemed the Red Sox continued to find success. Cole and Nathan Eovaldi took a shutout into the sixth inning in the American League (AL) wild-card game. Ultimately, they helped the Boston Red Sox secure the win Tuesday night.
“The Bogaerts homer in the first inning — I mean, talk about pop. And, you know, the crowd went nuts, and you feed off that energy,” Schwarber said. “You thrive for that, and Red Sox nation brought it tonight. We needed it, and you can’t say enough about the crowd.”
Bogaerts struck out Aaron Judge in the sixth as Boston advanced and will take on the Tampa Rays in a best of five AL Division round playoff series. Game one will take place in Florida this Thursday night.
“Now we go to the next one, and we’ve just got to be ready to face a great baseball team,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “Coming into the season, everybody talked about them being the best team in the big leagues. We have a huge challenge. But we’re ready for it.”