Kimbrel got into immediate trouble, issuing a four-pitch leadoff walk to Aaron Judge followed by a Didi Gregorius single. Not even a shaky ninth from Craig Kimbrel - another key piece brought in via trade by Dombrowski - could stop Boston from silencing the Yankees and the almost 50,000 fans on hand. Here's a few of Sabathia's soundbites, per Matt Ehalt of The Record. But Hernández isn't the reason the Yankees lost Tuesday night.
When Boone brought in Zach Britton to start the fourth, and Christian Vazquez led off with an opposite-field drive over the short porch in right field for his first career postseason homer.
"He's absolutely awful", said Sabathia, who gave up three runs on five hits over three innings, with two walks and a strikeout. NY set a major league record this year for most home runs in a season, but didn't go deep in the two games at Yankee Stadium and hit.214 in the series, which included 3 for 14 by Gregorius, 1 for 15 by Andrew McCutchen and 3 for 15 by Sanchez. The 10 straight losses are the longest streak in postseason history.
- John Farrell was sacked from his job as the Red Sox manager nearly exactly one year ago and now he's offering analysis on his former team for ESPN. If the Red Sox can take out the defending champion Astros, an "easier" opponent awaits in the World Series: Neither the Milwaukee Brewers (96 wins) nor the Los Angeles Dodgers (92 wins) reached the century mark this season before advancing to the National League Championship Series.
Usually when "New York, New York" plays at Yankee Stadium, it means the Yankees won.