The Red Sox had a nine and a half game lead over the Rays in the wild-card on September 2, but after September 28 they officially put the finishing touches on one of the worst collapses in baseball history.
The Yankees were cruising toward victory as they lead 7-0 heading into the 8th inning of their game while the Red Sox watched on with a 3-2 lead as they sat through a rain-delay against the Orioles. It wouldn’t be long until both team’s fortunes changed.
The Orioles tied it and won the game 4-3 off Jonathan Papelbon and the Red Sox in the 9th inning (the second year in a row he has blown a save to end their season) just moments before Evan Longoria blasted a shot that barely cleared the left field wall but gave the Rays an 8-7 victory over the Yankees.
It was really a fun day in baseball as the National League had it’s own shenanegans going on. The Cardinals made easy work of the Astros and the Braves hung on until the 13th inning trying to force a 163rd game of the season. Unfortunately they couldn’t hold on as the Phillies beat them 4-3, capping off Atlanta’s own collapse.
The playoff matchups are now Yankees taking on the Tigers and Rangers playing the Rays in the American League division series. The Phillies will face the Cardinals while the Brewers go up against the Diamondbacks. The playoffs start Thursday with the Yankees starting at 8:37 p.m.