The Houston Astros got clutch hits off both, scoring two runs in the eighth inning, and a needed insurance run in the ninth, to beat the Red Sox 5-4 Monday afternoon at Fenway Park, to win their American League Division Series, 3 games to 1. "But we have seen some really good young players continue to develop".
All right, I suppose I can acknowledge some level of facetiousness here.
In the second, the Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs - singles by Hanley Ramirez and Devers, and a walk to Christian Vazquez.
The Astros last reached the league championship series in 2005 as a National League team, and were swept in the World Series by the White Sox. So will Terry Francona's Indians. The American League is stacked.
The top of the Astros lineup hit.440/.509/.800 in the series. Houston tied the game in the 8th inning after a solo home run by Alex Bregman, and reclaimed the lead on an RBI-single by Josh Reddick later on in the inning. He actually did more than fine.
Houston would add two more runs and hold on, 5-4, for the series-clinching win in front of over 37,000 fans. Red Sox rookie Rafael Devers opened the bottom of the ninth with an inside-the-park homer off Ken Giles, the ball hitting above center fielder George Springer's leap and bouncing off the angled Green Monster. But is that what ownership wants? You shouldn't. Forget dwelling on what happened.
It's time for a change in Boston.
Verlander still hasn't lost as an Astro, even if Andrew Benintendi took him right out of Fenway when Verlander came out of the 'pen. But every manager, even good ones, have a shelf life, and his time should be up now.
"It's tough", Sale said.
The righthander hurler also went 5-0 in September with a 1.48 ERA, which was a nice step forward after recording a 4.50 ERA in August with a 3-2 record.
It seems the vast majority of Red Sox fans are down on Xander Bogaerts. For a player of such talent and promise, he had a rough season at the plate (.273, 10 homers).
The two best pitchers all year for the Boston Red Sox have been Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel. He's not a free agent until after the 2020 season. He gave up two runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts. "This is what we live for". "That's kind of the whole energy that he's brought since we brought him over here". Altuve hits three home runs in Game 1. But who could have expected universal decline up and down it? If he does go, he leaves with a winning World Series ring from the first year in addition to the three division titles in five years (he finished last the other two years.).
Not only will Boston need a strong outing from its starter, the top of its order has to attempt to match the production Houston is getting from its leadoff men. Sale, who had never appeared in the post-season before 2017, pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits, striking out six.
Jay Bruce batted in Encarnacion's cleanup spot in Game 3 and struck out all four times up, stranding three runners.
We've known how special they can be since April. Unless he could find a suitor to unload the undeniably hypersensitive David Price, he has little in the way of options.
Bradley is 27 and probably will always be wildly inconsistent. Altuve stole the spotlight in Game 1 with his three home runs, but Bregman also had a solid day as he went 2-for-4. Here's to Eduardo Nunez sticking around in a super-utility role. And I tell you, it was the most gut-wrenching, depressing month I've ever had happen in my life.
There is no reason for Dave Dombrowski to activate his trade machine. As deep and dangerous as any team in MLB and playing for a resilient city still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.
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