Yankees abolished by contender Red Sox in ALDS. Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier followed with a ideal inning each to protect a 4-1 lead, and Red Sox ace Chris Sale followed with a 1-2-3 eighth in a rare relief appearance.
At inning's end, Sabathia, a free agent now at age 38, walked slowly off the mound, and if anyone in the stadium took note of the fact it might have been his last appearance here in the pinstripes, they didn't show it. Aaron Hicks missed a home run by about 4 feet on a foul drive down the right-field line, worked the count full, then popped out to Kinsler to backpedaled from second to short right field.
Xander Bogaerts grounds out to the pitcher.
In possibly his final start of a 10-year run with the Yankees, Sabathia allowed three runs on five hits in three innings.
Boston's 16-1 blowout Monday marked the most lopsided defeat for a home team in postseason history, and shortstop Didi Gregorius called it "an embarrassing day".
Kinsler doubled over a leaping Gardner for a 2-0 lead and Nunez singled on the next pitch for his first RBI of the postseason. "We felt the matchup was good for him tonight although he was 0-for-whatever coming into the game tonight against Severino".
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Sabathia leaving pitches in the hitting zone to all those righties led to three runs.
Kimbrel and the Red Sox adjourned while celebrating for a minute, recommenced flourishing around in elation.
Houston went 4-3 against Boston this season. Boone even said the Yankees were willing to use those guys for multiple innings "as much as we would nearly ever have" prior to Game 4. It's very simple. The manager's No. 1 job is putting the club in the best possible position to succeed.
Porcello needed only 25 pitches to get through New York's lineup the first time and entered the fifth inning with only 40 pitches. Severino was removed with the bases loaded and nobody out, but relievers Lance Lynn and Chad Green quickly let the game get out of hand. Ace Chris Sale - Game 5's scheduled starter pitching to make sure there would be no Game 5 - locked down the eighth. "So you kind of evaluate those and think about those and hopefully analyze always and kind of sharpening the process as far as those decisions are made". Kinsler made it 2-0 with a double over Gardner's head in left, and Nunez made it 3-0 with a single to left.
The Yankees didn't go quietly into the night, though.