For all the focus on big boppers, J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi for Boston, and Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez for NY, relievers have reigned in an era when starting pitchers often are shown the exit before they have a chance to stumble too much.
If the Yankees win: Bring on Yankees-Red Sox.
Boone honored those words, and he honored Betances' turnaround.
"We've just got to do our homework and come out swinging", said Luke Voit, who broke open the game with a two-run triple in a four-run sixth. Giancarlo Stanton capped the mauling with a monstrous drive in his postseason debut.
For Oakland, it was just the latest letdown in a decades-long stretch of disappointment.
The 2018 New York Yankees have been one of the best teams the Bombers have had in years.
Tonight's American League wild-card victor advances to a Division Series against Boston that begins Friday. NY ran away with a 7-2 win and will advance to the AL Divisional Series for a showdown against the Boston Red Sox.
"All it means is I'm relieving in the first inning", Hendriks said.
Hendriks has not allowed a first inning run in any of his eight starts, holding opponents to five hits with two walks and six strikeouts. It will be the first postseason meeting between the longtime rivals since the 2004 AL Championship Series, when the Red Sox became the first team to overcome a three-games-to-none deficit en route to their first World Championship since 1918. However, in this story, Goliath wins easily.
"You're always wondering, 'How's this going to end?' But our guys fought all night and to be able to get that last out there was great", Oberg said.
For Hendriks, he would just take it the same as any other game.
Now the real postseason can begin.
This one lasted 4 hours, 55 minutes, and had pretty much everything, too. He threw nine fastballs in the first inning, then switched to more offspeed. Betances busted the ghosts of what transpired a year ago.
"This place was insane tonight", Stanton said. No, it wouldn't be for a World Series berth like any of their previous three playoff matchups, but the message was clear. Oakland batters struck out 13 times and finished 3-for-17 with runners on base. It was a sign to manager Bob Melvin that Trivino has a good feel for his signature cutter again and is ready to resume his role in high-leverage situations. "Believe me, it was on my mind for a large part of it".
Severino made the move look like genius.
A three-time AL Manager of the Year, Showalter ranks second on the Orioles' career list with 669 victories, trailing Earl Weaver.
Boston was 10-9 against the Yankees this year and set a club record with 108 wins under new manager Alex Cora, boosted by MVP candidate Mookie Betts, slugger J.D. Martinez and ace Chris Sale.