On Tuesday night, the Boston Red Sox became the 6th fastest team to clinch a playoff spot in MLB history.
Thanks to Brock Holt, who came into the game in the 7th inning as a pinch hitter, hitting a three-run home run that would at least allow the Boston Red Sox to secure a wild-card berth.
Currently, the Red Sox hold a 99-46 record which is the best in the league and they currently hold a nine-game advantage in the AL East with just over two weeks remaining in the season.
This isn’t the first time that the Boston Red Sox have clinched a postseason position either as the team did it between 2003-05 and then again in 2007-09.
Boston got what looked to be a solid inning out of pitcher Chris Sale, who pitched just one inning while striking out two batters. Sale had recently come off the disabled list due to inflammation in his left shoulder.
Easing one of their star aces back into the game wasn’t easy as they ended up going through seven relieve pitchers last night including Ryan Brasier, who secured his second win of the season last night.
Toronto scored when Devon Travis had stolen home and Davis stole both second and third base due to a throwing error by Ian Kinsler. The Blue Jays would take a 2-0 lead shortly after when Pillar was credited with an RBI single to center field.
Toronto led the Red Sox 2-0 in the seventh inning when Pearce hit a tying triple and Holt would hit a home run with two-out that would give the Red Sox a 4-2 lead before Benintendi, Kinsler, and Martinez was credited with the other three RBIs in the eighth inning.