Posted October 09, 2018 at 10:39 PM | Updated October 09, 2018 at 11:39 PM
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NEW YORK — The Yankees couldn’t keep up with the Boston Red Sox in the regular season and they couldn’t keep up in the playoffs.
It’s wait until next year time for the Yankees, whose season died Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium with a 4-3 loss in Game 4 of their American League Division Series.
The Red Sox won the best-of-five series 3-1.
In their first postseason meeting with their rivals in 14 years, the Yankees loved their chances after winning Game 2 at Fenway Park last Saturday night in Boston to head home for two games tied 1-1.
The Yanks at least went down fighting, as they scored two in the ninth to make it a one-run game before Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel ended the game by retiring Gleyber Torres with the tying run on second base.
The Yanks went into Game 3 having won seven playoff games in a row at Yankee Stadium, including this year’s AL Wild Card Game, but the Red Sox proved to be the better team by earning consecutive convincing victories.
The Red Sox took command of the series on Monday night with a 16-1 whipping that was the most lopsided postseason loss ever for the Yankees, then in Game 4 they jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the fourth inning and held on to advance to a best-of-seven ALCS showdown against the defending World Series champion Houston Astros.
Here are our Game 4 takeaways:
Divisional Round – Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees – Game Four
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Almost a miracle finish
Trailing 4-1, the Yankees came back from the dead in the ninth inning against Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel to score two runs to make a one-run game before falling short.
As usual Kimbrel struggled against the Yankees.
The Yankees ninth started with Aaron Judge walking on four pitches and Didi Gregorius grounding a single to right to put two on with nobody out.
Giancarlo Stanton struck out for the first out, but Luke Voit walked to load the bases.
Kimbrel then hit Neil Walker in the foot to force in a run that made it a 4-2 game and put the winning run on first for Gary Sanchez, who hit a sacrifice fly to deep left to make it a one-run game.
Gleyber Torres then hit a weak grounder to third and was thrown out on a bang-bang play.
The Red Sox began celebrating, then stopped when the Yankees asked for a replay review.
A minute later, it was confirmed Torres was out and the Yanks were done.
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New lineup doesn’t work
Yankees manager Aaron Boone shook up his Game 4 lineup after his club was held to one run and five hits in being shellacked 16-1 in Game 3.
Aaron Hicks back in center and missing two games with a tight hamstring, Brett Gardner moved from center to left, Neil Walker got his first start of the series at third base and two regulars were benched, third baseman Miguel Andujar and left fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Obviously, the changes didn’t work, as the Yanks scored just three runs.
Hicks was 0-for-3 in his first game since the series opener, but he just missed leading off the Yankees first with a homer on a deep drive to center that was hauled in on the warning track by Jackie Bradley Jr.
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Starting pitching must be addressed
One of the biggest reasons the Yankees are done is Masahiro Tanaka was their only starter faring well in their ALDS.
J.A. Happ flopped in Game 1, Luis Severino was bad in Game 2 and CC Sabathia wasn’t very good in Game 4.
Watching the Yankees in this series made me wonder how things would have played out if GM Brian Cashman would have acquired All-Star righty Gerrit Cole from Pittsburgh last winter instead of making a trade with Miami for 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton.
The Houston Astros nabbed Cole to add to their great rotation, and they’re still playing.
The Yankees need to find a way to add a true ace in the offseason more than going for a big free agent to bring in Manny Machado to play third or Bryce Harper to play left.
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