BOSTON — In a game defined by missed opportunities for the boys in grey, the Yankees’ late-game rally came up just short, as the Red Sox took Game 1 of the ALDS, 5-4.
Though New York had some momentum heading into this game, Boston stopped them in their tracks almost immediately.
While J.A. Happ struck out the first of two Boston MVP candidates, in Mookie Betts, to start of the game, the Red Sox had one more waiting in the wing just three batters later.
With men on first and second, J.D. Martinez crushed a fastball and sent it over the Green Monster for an early 3-0 lead for Boston.
That woke up the Red Sox crowd and right away put New York in a hole.
Happ, who pitched good against Boston all year, just did not have it today as he was chased from the game in the third. After allowing consecutive hits to Betts and Andrew Benintendi to open the frame, Aaron Boone had no choice but to pull his starter from the game.
With Chad Green then allowing both runners to cross the plate, Happ’s night ended with a final line of five runs on four hits in just two-plus innings pitched.
Down 5-0, the New York pitching staff did its job, giving Boone seven scoreless innings the rest of the way, but the offense just could not get the big hit.