It seemed Sale had finally settled in, in the 4th with men on second and first with two outs.
These two teams have to be intimately familiar with one another by now, having finished the regular season with four games at Fenway Park. The availabiltiy of playoff tickets hours before game time symbolizes their decline. They may have Altuve, Correa, and Springer, but so what?
Boston also has recovered from 0-2 starts in the division series to win (1999 and 2003). In fact, the 8-2 final score was the exact same as the previous game. He is 9th player all-time to hit three home runs in a postseason game. He was only the second second baseman to achieve the feat in the history of postseason baseball.
Verlander, a trade-deadline acquisition for the Astros, has gone 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA since coming over from Detroit. Boston will need more from Dustin Pedroia, who went 0-for-3 with a walk on Thursday and was 3-for-36 to end the regular season while hampered by a lingering knee injury. However, when the Astros were last in the playoffs in 2015, he hit only.154/.185/.154 in six games against the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals. "You don't win the series with two wins - you win it with three". But that's not where Reddick earned his game MVP status from.
In the win which clinched the AL East, Pomeranz threw six innings of shutout ball, before allowing a single in the seventh that finally came around to score.
Game 2 between the Indians and Yankees is scheduled to start at 5:08pm ET, it will air on the MLB Network.
Carlos Correa and George Springer celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox, 8-2, in Game 2 of the ALDS at Minute Maid Park on Friday.
But during that time, Houston starter Dallas Keuchel was in the process of sending 13 consecutive Red Sox batters back to the dugout. But he fell apart on Thursday.
An excellent athlete who also played point guard and quarterback for Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, Okla., Keuchel's defensive gifts serve him particularly well: He is also the big-league leader among qualifying pitchers in groundball rate over the past four seasons, and his 62% mark likely contributes to his massive edge in defensive runs saved in that timeframe. Hitters can capitalize on flat sliders and elevated fastballs, as the Astros did in Game 1. That will do wonders for the confidence of Gary Sanchez and others as they return home to keep the season alive. Another reason that the Red Sox should feel confident about where the team is heading into the playoffs is because the team has been hitting more home runs over the last couple of weeks.
The Red Sox have hit.227 with four extra-base hits, all doubles, in the first two games. Cable and satellite with Fox Sports 1 can use the Fox Sports Go website or mobile apps to watch this game live streaming online.
Despite knowing that, the Sox started Pomeranz in Game 2 and why not?
Starting Sale in Game 1 was decision few will question John Farrell for.