Chris Sale accepted responsibility for his performance during Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the Astros and Red Sox.
Ladies and gentlemen, this man is on pace to having one of the greatest postseasons ever by an Astro and for sure one of the greatest by a player in Major League Baseball history.
Keuchel pitched into the sixth, allowing one run and three hits while striking out seven to improve to 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in three career postseason starts.
Jose Altuve led off the inning with a single before Carlos Correa hit a two-run home run to give the Astros a 2-0 lead.
In the end, the Astros played a good defensive game behind good pitching, made use of the long ball including three by the potential MVP, and added additional runs off timely hitting to go up 1-0 on Boston in the series.
"He's been dynamite", Red Sox manager John Farrell said of his decisions to intentionally walk Altuve twice. In Game 2, the Red Sox mustered up just two runs despite eight hits. The Red Sox were the better matchup for the Astros, so maybe it wasn't a bad thing that the team struggled in August. And Altuve didn't have a single one!
The Sox didn't do much in the sense of scoring, only able to score two runs in the entire game.
Springer though had a solo shot off Pomeranz and at that point game the Astros a 3-1 lead.
But the Astros went in front again in the bottom half of the frame on a two-run double to the right-center field gap by Marwin Gonzalez.
Keuchel finished the regular season strong, limiting his final three opponents and seven of the last nine to fewer than three earned runs. He is 9th player all-time to hit three home runs in a postseason game. "So we'll make a game plan based off of how the last start went and kind of adjust going into it".
Pedroia's presence in Boston lineup for Thursday's Game 1 was not always a sure thing. They were probably more identical than you think.
If the Indians win: They move on to the ALCS for the second straight year and sixth time in franchise history.
"It is about setting the tone right from the start and that falls in Doug's hands, to put a zero up in the first inning and allow us to capture on the energy here and then build some of our own energy, " Farrell said. The 5-foot-6 star tries to boost the Astros in the best-of-five matchup when Dallas Keuchel faces Red Sox lefty Drew Pomeranz at Minute Maid Park. The sparkplug second baseman went 5-for-7 in the series' first two contests, with five runs scored and four RBI.
The Red Sox bring on Rick Porcello to take over on the mound.
For the Yankees to crawl back into this series, they'll need Judge to start putting the ball into play or into the stands.
For the second straight afternoon in Houston, the Red Sox got nothing out of their starting pitcher and next to nothing out of their offense, ultimately leading to a pair of blowout victories for the Astros on their home field. Jon Lester (13-8) starts for the defending World Series champions against Gio Gonzalez (15-9) and Washington after two-time Cy Young Award victor Max Scherzer was pushed back to Game 3 because of a tender hamstring.
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