September 19, 2016

Schadenfreude 200 (A Continuing Series)

Dan Martin, Post:
After the Red Sox dug the Yankees' grave the first three games of the series, Hanley Ramirez stomped on it Sunday and the Yankees ended up on the wrong end of another Boston Massacre.

Ramirez hit a pair of homers to send the Yankees to their fifth straight defeat, a 5-4 loss in which the visitors blew a 4-0 lead, CC Sabathia was jeered by the Fenway Park crowd and the team dropped four games back of the Blue Jays for the second wild-card spot with 13 games to play.
Mark Feinsand, Daily News:
Remember the "Boston Massacre" series in 1978 and 2006? The Red Sox finally got their payback.

A Yankees team that came to town with serious playoff aspirations left Fenway Park beaten and broken, their postseason hopes hanging by the thinnest of threads after the Red Sox completed a four-game sweep with a 5-4 victory Sunday night. ...

Losers of five straight games and seven of their last eight, the Yankees stand four games behind the Blue Jays for the second American League wild card spot and four games behind the wild card-leading Orioles with 13 games remaining on the schedule.

The Yankees had a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning, but for the third time in four days, Joe Girardi's club was unable to lock it down, watching the Red Sox come from behind once again. ...

CC Sabathia battled several elements Sunday night: Boston's powerful lineup, his own throwing problems and a hostile crowd that chanted "CC Sucks!" repeatedly as his solid night crumbled in the fifth and sixth innings.
Anthony McCarron, Daily News:
They came to Fenway with big playoff dreams — the division, the wild card, it all seemed possible with a few sterling wins against their rivals. But the Yankees quietly left enemy territory Sunday night with their postseason hopes in tatters, their own players suggesting that a miracle might be the best aid and a four-game deficit in the wild card with four teams to pass.

"Brutal," said Tyler Clippard, who gave up the winning run, a Hanley Ramirez home run in the seventh inning that snapped a tie and gave the Sox their 5-4 winning margin. The Red Sox swept the four-game series and will forever know they likely dealt the killing blow to a Yankee playoff charge. ...

Ramirez destroyed the Yanks in the series, going 9-for-16 with four homers and nine RBI. Every time he swung, it seemed, it resulted in the sound of a thunderclap as bat met ball. ...

Is there adjusting from this? Only if they can go from massacre to miracle.
It was the Red Sox's first sweep of the Yankees in a series of at least 4 games in more than 26 years, when they went 4-0 at Fenway on June 4-7, 1990.

The last time the Red Sox won as many as three games in one series in which it erased deficits of three or more runs in each game was against the Washington Senators on June 16-18, 1961 (which included this doozy, the first of two walkoff wins that day).

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