In just a bad night for NY sports, the Yankees lost to the Red Sox 11-6, allowing the Red Sox to clinch the AL East. Although it was really a formality, the Yankees were hoping to avoid the Red Sox clinching at Yankee Stadium. After winning the first two games of the series, optimism was there for the sweep of the Sox. Unfortunately poor pitching and a costly error by Aaron Hicks seamed it for Boston. Tanaka lasted only four innings while giving up five runs on eight hits. The Yankees would bounce back, in the fourth, down 4-2, Giancarlo Stanton would belt a grand slam to give the Yanks a 6-4 lead. Poor relief pitching tied the game and in the seventh, tied 6-6 with one outs a fly ball by Bogaerts to center scored a run. However Aaron Hicks errant throw to third went into the stands for another run. The Sox would not look back and won the game. The focus now is the A’s, who while the Yanks were getting their hearts ripped out, won 21-3 against the Angels. You believe that, 21-3! The lead in the wildcard is now down to 1.5 games.
It’s also worth noting the Rays have come out of nowhere to add another element of holy crap. They are 6.5 games out with 10 to play, not likely but not out!