Sox manage a magical post-season run, but how long will it last?

John Anthony, Crier Staff

The Red Sox have made it deep into the postseason and are one of the final four teams left. They’ve defied the odds and won matchups that weren’t in their favor. Boston could take that magic to win a World Series. 

The Sox were set up to play the Yankees in an elimination game called the Wild Card game. The matchup was played at Fenway and the Red Sox rocked the Yankees. Before the game started, it seemed that the Yankees had a massive advantage with their ace, Gerrit Cole, on the mound.  A two-run home run by Xander Bogaerts and a solo moonshot by Kyle Schwarber helped the Sox KO Gerrit Cole. 

Cole was taken out extremely early, after two innings, when a quality start is deemed five innings or more. The Red Sox starter, Nathan Eovaldi, pitched five innings of beautiful baseball. Everything seemed to be going the Red Sox’ way until the sixth inning. Anthony Rizzo hit a solo home run, which diminished the Red Sox lead to 3-1. 

Trouble continued in the sixth when Yankees’ superstar Aaron Judge was on second base and Giancarlo Stanton was up to bat. Stanton slammed a would-be homer off the Green Monster. Kiké Hernandez played the ricochet off the wall and fired a relay throw to Bogaerts who threw to the plate to nab Judge. The Sox executed a perfect play to prevent the Yankees from scoring. From this point on, it seemed like the advantage swayed towards the Red Sox. Boston ended up winning the game with a final score of 6-2. 

The Sox moved on to play the Tampa Bay Rays in a five-game series. The Rays rookie starter Shane McClanahan and offensive heroics by Nelson Cruz and Randy Arozarena boosted the Rays to a 5-0 win for game 1. The Rays lead the series 1-0. 

The Sox responded big time in the next game. A red-hot Kiké Hernandez combined with the return of J.D. Martinez and the superstar quality of Alex Verdugo produced fourteen runs for Boston. The final of game 2 was 14-6 and the series was tied up at 1. 

Game three of the series went to extra innings. It finally ended when the Sox catcher, Christian Vázquez, hit a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the thirteenth inning to secure the Boston win. The Sox led the series and needed one more win to move on. In game four, Boston took a three-run lead off Rafael Devers’s home run in the third inning. Just a few minutes later Boston’s offense scored two more runs to extend their lead to 5-0. The Rays got a run back here and there to eventually tie up the game 5-5. Kiké Hernandez walked off the game in the bottom of the ninth inning to boost Boston past Tampa Bay. 

Now the Red Sox play the Houston Astros, and the winner of that series moves on to the World Series. If Boston were to make it to the World Series, they would play either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Atlanta Braves. At the time of writing this, the Red Sox have played three games against Houston. In the first game, Houston won at a score of 5-4. The Astros rallied in the late innings to rack up just enough runs to win. 

In game 2, Boston started the game with a grand slam in the first inning by J.D. Martinez and another grand slam in the second inning by Rafael Devers. This was the first time that one team has hit multiple grand slams in the same game in the postseason. The Sox got an early lead and never looked back, as they won the game 9-5. The series was tied up at one apiece. Game 3 was another high-scoring game for Boston. They scored a total of 6 runs in the second inning, which was highlighted by a Kyle Schwarber grand slam. The Red Sox ended up winning this game with a final score of 12-3. 

The Red Sox have to win a total of four games against Houston to move on to the World Series. They’ve already won two games, can they win the other two games necessary? Hopefully, Boston can continue this hot streak to win a World Series. Whether that is the case or not, at least we get to enjoy some exciting Red Sox postseason games.