The Boston Red Sox jumped out to a 5-0 lead early against New York Yankees in Game 1 of the ALDS, but the Yankees really made them sweat, starting in the sixth inning. Aaron Judge hit a solo home run off Chris Sale in the ninth, but Boston would go on to hold off New York and pick up a 5-4 victory to take a 1-0 series lead. Here are seven things to know:
Just Dingers happened early
It didn’t take long for J.D. Martinez to do his thing. With two runners on the bottom of the first, Just Dingers showed his stuff:
After a regular season with 43 home runs and an MLB-best 130 RBI, this was a mere continuation for the slugger.
Sale had velocity, but not best stuff
Heading into the series, there was much ado about Red Sox ace Chris Sale’s dropped velocity and arm injuries in the second half of the season, namely in his final tune-up for the playoffs. The Red Sox insisted the significant drop in velocity in the last start was due to a mechanical flaw and that it would be fixed. I guess we’ve got to take them at their word,