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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Red Sox clinch series on game-ending review

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The Boston Red Sox defeated their rival New York Yankees in four games of the ALDS, but the ending did not come without drama.

Craig Kimbrel entered the bottom of the ninth in Game 4 with a 4-1 lead and promptly issued a four-pitch leadoff walk to Aaron Judge. He then went single, strikeout, 4-pitch walk, and hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded to bring in a run.

Gary Sanchez came up with the bases loaded, one out, and the score 4-2. Kimbrel got a long flyout to left that scored a run, making it 4-3 with runners on first and second and two outs.

Gleyber Torres hit a slow roller to third and nearly beat out the throw from Eduardo Nunez at first, but he was called out. The Yankees decided to challenge the call since it was a close play and their season was ending otherwise.

Replay showed that the throw barely beat Torres to the bag, so the call at first was upheld.

What’s the Red Sox’s reward for beating the Yankees? They now get the Houston Astros in the ALCS. Don’t tell Boston that the Astros look poised for a World Series repeat.

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