Give the New York Yankees credit (well, you don't actually have to). After Michael King was punctured by a two-out letdown home run by Justin Turner that gave the Red Sox a 5-2 lead in the seventh inning, Anthony Volpe immediately answered back.
It somehow only took three batters for the dead-in-the-water Yankees to tie up the game against Boston, with Volpe socking an oppo shot into the short porch to give this lifeless team a shot at the smallest possible form of redemption.
The very next half inning, Volpe delivered again, lining a two-out single to left to score Isiah Kiner-Falefa, thanks to a slip by left fielder Rob Refsnyder. BUT WAIT!
Somehow, some way, MLB's replay review room butted their noses into the situation, just as Boston was hoping they would.
Supposedly, the core tenet of the review process is that a call can't be overturned without clear and conclusive evidence of the opposite outcome occurring. You could watch Kiner-Falefa's slide from every angle for infinite days inside a closed-off antechamber with no distractions. You will never find an angle where he's conclusively out.
Yankees swept by Red Sox, ends on whimper after umpire review screws Anthony Volpe
And, keep in mind, this occurred after Red Sox manager Alex Cora was ejected for bloviating about a called strike three to Trevor Story with two runners on, even though Pitch No. 3 of the at-bat was a heinously-called shoulda-been strike. Glad Cora was karmically rewarded in nonsensical fashion before the end of the game for blowing up on the crew!
Nothing about this ending made sense -- except for the ninth inning, where Clay Holmes broke the tie after not pitching for a week after his previous meltdown in Miami, Greg Allen led off with a double and narrowly missed a game-tying homer, and Aaron Judge/Gleyber Torres/Ben Rortvedt stranded him on second.
The Yankees losing their eighth straight makes perfect sense, but the league's umpires conspiring to make it happen was unjustifiable gibberish.