Yankees Are Done. Season Ends in a Wild-Card Loss to the Red Sox.
Bucky Dent was in the stadium, the calendar said October, and each team needed to win to keep its season alive. It had been 43 years since Dent’s famous home run helped the Yankees win the last elimination game between these storied rivals at Fenway Park, and nearly a half-century later, Boston finally got a small measure of revenge for that particular game.
This time Xander Bogaerts and Kyle Schwarber hit home runs off Gerrit Cole, as the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 6-2, in the American League wild-card game. Boston advance to an A.L. division series against the Tampa Bay Rays, the best team in the A.L. during the regular season.
The Yankees and Red Sox both contended for the A.L. East title this year, but neither could outlast the Rays, who won 100 games, and their fumbling away of opportunities over the last few weeks meant they would face each other in Tuesday’s one-game playoff, two imperfect teams hoping to fight on.