It was too little, too late for the Yankees. A ninth inning rally gave the Yankees a chance to win the game but Craig Kimbrel righted the ship and got Gleyber Torres to ground out with two runners on to end the game and the Yankees' season >> Box score
1) The Red Sox bullpen shut down the Yankees until Kimbrel came in and struggled with the strike zone. He allowed two runs on one hit, two walks and a hit batsman but ultimately settled down to finish the job. The final out was decided after a replay review, putting the Red Sox celebration at a momentary halt. It is the first time since 2013 the Red Sox have advanced to the ALCS.
2) CC Sabathia was not sharp in possibly the last start of his career. He led off the third inning hitting the first batter and followed with a bloop single. Aaron Boone repeated the same mistake as he did Monday night, leaving his starter in too long at the first sign of trouble. J.D. Martinez hit a sac fly with runners on the corners and Ian Kinsler lined a ball over the head of Brett Gardner to go up 2-0. Eduardo Nunez added another run with a two-out RBI single to go up 3-0 in the third.
3) The Yankees also threatened in the fifth after a Gary Sanchez double and infield single from Torres led to a sac fly from Gardner. But with two outs and one on, Aaron Hicks battled Rick Porcello in a nine pitch at-bat only to pop up to second to end the threat.
4) Zach Britton relieved Sabathia in the fourth inning but immediately allowed a home run to No. 9 hitter Christian Vazquez, whose 338-foot fly ball to right field barely cleared the fence.
5) Porcello kept the Yankees batters off balance all night, tossing five innings and allowing just one run on four hits.
Highlights from Game 4
We can criticize the manager who certainly deserves it, but the Yankees were thoroughly outplayed at home and it cost them the series.
For the second straight night the Yankees' starter failed to provide nearly enough quality or length to his outing. Sabathia's performance put his manager in an uncomfortable spot early on and once again Aaron Boone was late to respond.
The sad part is that with the immense talent in the Yankees bullpen - on full display tonight - the starters only had to muster five or six innings of solid work to give the club a bonafide chance to win.
Even had the pitching been better, the Yankees offense was virtually nonexistent in Yankee Stadium until the ninth inning tonight, which is completely baffling.
The Yankees came back home with all the momentum and couldn't touch Boston pitching, including some innings against suspect relievers. After opening the window to a new era last season - much higher than they could have hoped - the Yankees slid the window up and down throughout the season eventually leveling off in a slightly lower position in 2018 as they exit one round earlier.
The future remains bright, but there will be significant roster alterations and potential coaching changes in what should be a very interesting offseason.
It is going to be a long winter for the Yankees. Pitcher and catchers do not report to spring training until early February so it will be four months before any more Yankees basebal. The Red Sox, meanwhile, play the Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS at Fenway Park on Saturday.