ALDS Game 4: Red Sox hold 4-1 lead through five innings

ALDS Game 4: Red Sox hold 4-1 lead through five innings
Globe and Staff
Boston holds a 2-1 edge in this best-of-five American League Division Series.
By Rachel G. Bowers and Hayden Bird

New York, NY- 10/9/18 - Yankee Stadium - Christian Vazquez passes Yankee 1st baseman Luke Voit after hitting home run in 4th inning. Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees in game 4 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Jim Davis/Globe staff)

The Red Sox and Yankees are back at it in the Bronx for Game 4 of their American League Division Series. Boston holds a 2-1 edge in the best-of-five series. Refresh this page for the latest from Yankee Stadium.

Sixth inning: Red Sox 4, Yankees 1

Bottom: Matt Barnes takes the mound for Boston.

Rick Porcello’s line: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 K.


Top: David Robertson entered the game for the Yankees, getting Jackie Bradley Jr. to ground out to Neil Walker. Robertson then got Christian Vazquez and Mookie Betts on strikeouts to retire the side.

Fifth inning: Red Sox 4, Yankees 1

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Bottom: Neil Walker started the inning by lining out to Jackie Bradley Jr. in centerfield. Gary Sanchez doubled to left-centerfield, finding the gap. Gleyber Torres reached on an infield single, moving Sanchez to third base. Brett Gardner hit a sacrifice fly to score Sanchez from third. Aaron Hicks smashed a hard hit foul ball that just hooked away from being a line drive home run to right field. He followed it up by popping out to Ian Kinsler to end the inning.

Top: Zach Britton continued on the mound for the Yankees, getting J.D. Martinez to ground out to shortstop Didi Gregorius. Xander Bogaerts responded, reaching on an infield single when the ball bounced off of Britton’s glove. Ian Kinsler struck out on a Britton breaking ball, and Eduardo Nunez lined out to retire the side.

Fourth inning: Red Sox 4, Yankees 0

Bottom: Rick Porcello got Aaron Judge to hit a towering fly out to right field before Didi Gregorius lined a double into the right-center gap. Giancarlo Stanton was thrown out on a broken bat grounder, followed by an inning-ending groundout from Luke Voit.

Top: CC Sabathia made way for Zach Britton on the mound for New York. Christian Vazquez promptly welcomed Britton to the game by swatting an opposite field home run. Britton recovered, getting Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi on a pair of strikeouts before Didi Gregorius made a fantastic play on a hard hit ball to the shortstop, throwing out Steve Pearce to end the threat.


Sabathia’s line: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.

Third inning: Red Sox 3, Yankees 0

Bottom: Gleyber Torres hit a line drive headed toward the left-centerfield gap, but Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi chased it down to make a running catch for the inning’s first out. Rick Porcello proceeded to get Brett Gardner to ground out and Aaron Hicks to pop out to end the inning.

Top: CC Sabathia’s first pitch of the inning hit Andrew Benintendi in the shoulder, putting him on first base. Benintendi raced to third base on a softly hit single into right-centerfield from Steve Pearce. With runners on the corners and no outs, J.D. Martinez hit a deep out to centerfield, scoring Benintendi on a sacrifice fly. Xander Bogaerts grounded out, moving Pearce to second. The Red Sox first baseman then advanced to third base on wild pitch before Ian Kinsler hit him home with an RBI double. Eduardo Nunez made it 3-0 with base hit to left field, scoring Kinsler from second. Jackie Bradley Jr. ended the inning with a groundout to first.

Second inning

Bottom: Rick Porcello quickly got both Giancarlo Stanton and Luke Voit to ground out to third base. Yankee third baseman Neil Walker answered with a first pitch single to right field, but Gary Sanchez ended the threat with another groundout, this time to shortstop Xander Bogaerts.

Top: Eduardo Nunez flew out to Yankee outfielder Aaron Judge to open the inning, followed by a strikeout from Jackie Bradley Jr. Christian Vazquez drew a two-out walk off of CC Sabathia, but the Yankee veteran ended the threat by getting Mookie Betts to fly out to right field.

First inning


Bottom: Rick Porcello settled in after a deep centerfield out on the first pitch of the game to Yankee outfielder Aaron Hicks, retiring the side in order on eight pitches.

Top: Yankees starter CC Sabathia got off to a solid start, retiring both Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi on infield groundouts. Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce answered with a line drive single up the middle with two outs. Designated hitter J.D. Martinez reached on an infield single to put runners on first and second. Xander Bogaerts drew a walk to load the bases. After Ian Kinsler hit a first pitch cutter to deep left field, Yankee outfielder Brett Gardner chased it down to make a running catch.

Pregame scenes

  Umpire Angel Hernandez is behind the plate tonight after a poor performance at first base in Game 3 when he had three of four calls overturned on replay. Andrew Mahoney wrote about Hernandez’s history and how all eyes will be on him tonight.

  Bucky Dent threw out the first pitch.

Photos from batting practice:

Mookie Betts waits his turn during batting practice.
J.D. Martinez (left) and Mookie Betts talk during batting practice.
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski (right) and manager Alex Cora watch batting practice.
Red Sox assistant hitting coach Andy Barkett (left) the Yankees' Adeiny Hechavarria (29).
Brock Holt, Rafael Devers, and Blake Swihart mock a home plate situation during batting practice before.
A look at the field from behind the batting cage as the Yankees warm up.


RED SOX (2-1) YANKEES (1-2)
Betts RF Hicks CF
Benintendi LF Judge RF
Pearce 1B Gregorius SS
Martinez DH Stanton DH
Bogaerts SS Voit 1B
Kinsler 2B Walker 3B
Nunez 3B Sanchez C
Bradley Jr. CF Torres 2B
Vazquez C Gardner LF
Pitching: RHP Rick Porcello (17-7, 4.28). Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (9-7, 3.65).

Here is Peter Abraham’s full game preview.

Other notes

  Brock Holt is out of the lineup after hitting for the cycle in Game 3. Ian Kinsler is in at second. Against Sabathia, Holt is 0 for 4 with two walks, two strikeouts, and a .000 slugging percentage. Kinsler, meanwhile, is 13 of 45 with two home runs, four RBIs, four walks, five Ks, and a .444 slugging percentage.

  Porcello is making his second appearance and first start of this postseason. He threw of an inning in relief in Game 1. This marks Porcello’s fourth playoff start as a Red Sox — Boston is 0-3 in his previous three nods — and his first playoff start in Yankee Stadium. In seven career starts in the Bronx, Porcello is 1-4 with a 5.56 ERA and 7.0 strikeouts per nine over 43 innings. He faced the Yankees four times this regular season, going 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA with 7.7 strikeouts per nine and four walks over 23 innings.

  Porcello grew up about 40 miles from Yankee Stadium in Morristown, N.J., so close that he will often spend a night at the home he has there when the Red Sox get a day off in New York.

“I couldn’t think of a better spot to be in as a big leaguer, getting the opportunity to have the ball for Game 4 in Yankee Stadium. That’s what it’s all about,” Porcello said.

Peter Abraham

  Tuesday marks Sabathia’s first playoff start against Boston since the 2007 ALCS when he was with the Indians. Sabathia started three games against the Sox this season, going 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA, 12 strikeouts, and five walks over 14 innings.

  Sabathia’s 3.65 ERA this season was his lowest since 2012. He’s 8-3 with a 3.29 ERA in 17 postseason starts wearing pinstripes, and that mark plummets to a minuscule 1.76 in playoff starts at home.

He was in a reflective mood Monday ahead of tonight’s start. Sabathia made his first postseason start in 2001, when Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres was just 4 years old.

Most professional athletes give generic, affirming answers when asked how prior postseason experience helps in the here and now. Then there’s Sabathia, who, at 38, has tired of regurgitated talking points.

“I don’t think it’s going to help me at all,” Sabathia said bluntly.

Candid as always, Sabathia acknowledged the Red Sox lineup gives him a bit of a scare.

“Top to bottom, it’s a tough lineup,” he said. “They’ve got speed. They’ve got power. It’s a bad lineup for me in the fact they take a lot of pitches, they’re patient, and they do a good job working the count.

“Just try to stay even keel and go out and pitch as best as I can.”

Owen Pence

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