Overall, Sale allowed a total of seven ER in just a five inning outing.
In Altuve's only previous postseason, he had managed just three hits, all singles, in a division series loss. Sox starter Chris Sale then got lit up for two solo home runs from Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman in the first inning, to put the Astros up 2-0.
While Price was haunted by injuries this season, he was also dogged by a number of off-field controversies, such as his spats with the Boston media and a heated feud with Hall of Fame pitcher and current Red Sox broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. We need to see other people going around, are they looking amusing?
It was just the 10th time a player has hit three homers in a post-season game, and first since Pablo Sandoval for the Giants in the 2012 World Series opener against Detroit.
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Despite the lack of dingers, Boston was still a respectable sixth among AL teams in runs scored, accumulating more stolen bases than any other AL playoff team.
Quite simply, it was a breathtaking power display from the best hitter in the American League's most powerful offense. Manager John Farrell gave Pomeranz the hook after four innings, the pitcher took exception, and the two didn't take their screaming match down the tunnel. The predictions will be made using a combination of different variables, including pitching matchups, prior history between the two teams, player statistics, home field advantage, and momentum. Sale was 17-8 for the season with a 2.90 ERA in 214.1 innings. He allowed the most hits and home runs in the majors this year. Having Chris Sale get the start for game 1 seems like the most obvious decision, at a time where there are many hard decisions.
I really didn't even need to check Twitter. "It gave me a new sense of hope".
You typically wouldn't expect your 12-year team veteran to make rookie mistakes in the most crucial of times, especially when that veteran is Dustin Pedroia. Boston was holding a two-game lead in the division over the New York Yankees, and was at risk of playing a potential game 163 if they were to lose both this game and the next and their rivals won theirs.
"We've got some internal discussions that have already taken place to line people up so they can take care of their work", Farrell said. Eduardo Nunez acquired midseason by the Red Sox is versatile as he can play nearly anywhere in the infield, but he too has been nagged by a sprained right knee ligament. Hanley Ramirez replaced Nunez at designated hitter. Nunez missed 19 of Boston's last 20 regular-season games with what the team called a sore knee. The Astros looked strong throughout the season, and arguably for periods were standing out as clearly the best team in the Major League Baseball, winning a massive 101 games this regular season.