On Monday night, the majority of the boos were for Aaron Boone. The Red Sox pounded 6 Yankees pitchers for 18 hits and 16 runs by crushing and cruising to a 16-1 win over the Yankees and take a 2-1 series lead. By far, this was the most lopsided game in franchise playoff history for New York. After the 1st inning, the troubles began with starter Luis Severino giving up 1 run in the second inning and 2 runs in the 3rd inning. In the 4th inning, the Yankees were in reach with a manageable 3-0 deficit but Aaron Boone decided to send Severino back to the mound. This was the same mistake Boone made in the Wild-Card game when he let Severino face 2 extra hitters to start an inning and both reached base. Instead of calling for Chad Green to defuse the situation, Boone thought he was playing his PS4 game and put in Lance Lynn in an uncomfortable position with bases loaded and no outs. All of a sudden, Boston’s lead escalated to 7-0 and it was all down hill for the Bronx Bombers trying to lick their wounds mentally.
For the Yankees, it was a disastrous and embarrassing night on the mound. Ironically, catcher Austin Romine appeared as an unexpected reliever. Romine recorded 2 quick outs before allowing 2 runs on a Brock Holt home run that ended up being the first cycle in playoff history.
This boils down to Aaron Boone’s series of managerial blunders that have put the Yankees on the brink of elimination.