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BBB Reacts: Yankees' disappointing end to the 2018 season

Well, it's been just about a week now since the Boston Red Sox eliminated the Yankees from playoff contention and we've all had some time to stew on it.  Obviously not the ending any of us wanted and made even more painful due to the fact that it was our arch-rivals who put the nail in the coffin.Some of our contributors weigh in below about how this season ended, what to make of it all, and where the Yankees go from here heading into 2019.

Yankees annihilated by Red Sox in ugliest loss of the season, 15-7

This four-game set against the Red Sox at Fenway Park is the most important series of 2018 thus far. The gap between first and second place in the AL East seems to be widening each day, so it didn’t help that the Yankees suffered a devastating, awful 15-7 loss tonight. The Red Sox offense exploded for 19 hits, and none of the Yankees’ pitchers, including CC Sabathia, could stop them. The score may as well have been 25-4. 
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The crowd at Fenway were stunned in the first inning as the Yankees led off with Aaron Hicks reaching on an error and a single from Giancarlo Stanton. The third batter of the game, Didi Gregorius, launched his 19th homer, a three-run bomb to right field. In the second inning, to the dismay of Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson, Aaron Hicks hit a two-out solo shot to right field with the rain pouring down. This game started out in favor of the Yanks, but quickly turned into batting practice for the Sox. 

Unfortunately for CC Sabathia, the rain stopped. CC first got into trouble with two on and nobody out in the second. He struck out Blake Swihart, then walked Brock Holt to load the bases. Mookie Betts walked in Boston’s first run. He was able to escape the jam with a fly ball from Andrew Benintendi, but it took him 54 pitches to get his first six outs. 

Steve Pearce cut the deficit in half for Boston with his first of three home runs in this game. This one ended up in the last row of the Green Monster. CC made it through just three innings with three hits, two earned runs, four walks, and two strikeouts. Jonathan Holder came in to start the fourth.  

Things turned from bad to ugly for the Yankees after CC’s exit. Holder pitched one of the most horrible innings I have ever seen. When the Yankees went into the bottom of the fourth inning, they were up 4-2. By the time that the inning was over, they had used three pitchers and gave up eight runs. In the most frustrating inning of the season, Jonathan Holder was absolutely smoked by the Red Sox lineup. Aaron Boone left Holder in the game despite the fact that he could not record an out to save his life. He faced seven batters, allowing each of them to reach base. After giving up five runs, including a three-run homer (to none other than Steve Pearce) and a few base hits, Chad Green came in to tackle the Red Sox. Green managed to get two outs before not-so-surprisingly giving up a run. Luis Cessa put Yankee fans out of their misery for a brief moment by ending the inning. 
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Didi hit his second home run of the game in the top of the fifth, but at that point it didn’t really matter anymore. The rest of the squad appeared lifeless and defeated. They struck out a total of 13 times tonight. 

Boston kept scoring on base hit after base hit. Oh, and Steve Pearce hit another home run. Luis Cessa didn’t pitch well at all, giving up seven hits and five runs in 3.2 innings. However, he did prevent most of the bullpen from facing the Sox, so kudos to him. Zach Britton entered in the bottom of the eighth and pitched 0.2 innings. 

August is just starting, but time is running out for the Yankees. Every team has “off” days, but this team has had so many soul-crushing losses as of late. Luis Severino needs to pitch his heart out tomorrow and turn things around. 

What’s Next? 
Game two of this series will feature Luis Severino (14-4, 2.94 ERA) against Rick Porcello (13-4, 4.03 ERA) on the mound. In his last start against the Yankees on May 9th, Porcello went just over five innings, surrendering eight hits and five earned runs. Tune in at 7:10 PM ET on MLBN. 

Article by: Isabella Anton

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