After having multiple chances this week to secure a playoff berth, the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night to finally clinch an American League wild card spot.
Even though it was pouring rain with the impending hurricane bearing down on the east coast, they had to get this game in with the season ending on Sunday and no other time to make this up. It was wet, but they got it done.
The Red Sox were looking to sweep this series in New York, but the Yankees avoided that behind a big start from big man CC Sabathia. Sabathia went five innings giving up just one run on six hits while striking out three and walking three.
Sabathia turned in a great performance, but it was Adam Warren in long relief that might have had the best performance of the night. After an extra inning game on Wednesday night, the Yankees needed some innings out of their bullpen. Warren went three scoreless innings giving up just one run while walking one and striking out three.
Then in the seventh, Greg Bird kept up his hot rookie season with a solo home run, his 11th of the season.
To put the cherry on top and give his team some more insurance, Rob Refsnyder hit another solo home run as he put the Yankees up 4-1.
In the ninth, Dellin Betances came in to close things down and he had an easy 1-2-3 inning to win the game and clinch a Wild Card berth.
With the win, the New York Yankees franchise captured their 10,000th win along with making the playoffs for the first time since 2012.