After such a tumultuous weekend up in Boston, would it be safe to say the Red Sox have taken the AL East title following their four-game sweep of the Yankees?
Manager Aaron Boone won't let up.
"We will not. We're too good," Boone told ESPN's Coley Harvey when asked if the sweep defines the Yankees' season. "This is a test we're going through right now, there's no question."
The Yankees have now lost five straight games, including their loss to the Orioles prior to the latest edition of this rivalry series. But this weekend was supposed to be New York's chance to gain some ground. Instead, they dug their hole deeper.
On Sunday, it appeared the Yankees were ready to salvage at least one game out of the four. They had a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, and Aroldis Chapman was on to close. He struck out two of his first four batters, but with those two on, he issued a walk to load the bases. And the Red Sox' best hitter this season, J.D. Martinez, didn't spoil it for the home crowd.
Martinez roped a single up the middle, just out of the reach of Gleyber Torres at second base. With the lead now cut to just one run, Xander Bogaerts hit a chopper to Miguel Andujar at third, who decided to wait on the hop. Because he did that, a rushed throw failed to find the glove of Greg Bird, who couldn't scoop it out of the dirt.
The game was tied at four apiece, and as fate would have it, Andrew Benintendi ended things in the 10th with a walk-off single.
It was a painful end to an even more painful weekend for the Yankees, who now sit 9.5 games out of the division lead. Boone, though, is hoping this feeling of rock bottom sparks a run in his squad.
"This is a weekend we'll look back on and hopefully be able to say, 'This is one that brought us together and allowed us to really grow even more as a club,' " Boone said.
How do the Yankees come together exactly? It doesn't help that All-Star OF Aaron Judge and C Gary Sanchez are out due to injury. The Yankees average 5.2 runs this season when they are in the lineup (60 games).
But Boone thinks it's time for his team to look around at each other, and see exactly what they are made of.
"This is a time when it's obviously tough for us right now, and that's when you've got to look around the room and you've got to lean on each other count on each other, and we will do that," Boone said. "We've got to go out and just start playing well, start playing a more consistent brand of baseball, and trust the results will be there."