It only got louder as he exited the game, a potential turning point in the best-of-seven ALCS which the Red Sox now lead for the first time, two games to one. Cora chose to stay with Kimbrel as Bregman came to the plate. Teams are now limited to six mound visits per game under new rules that went into place this season. It didn't take long, having exited the barrel of his bat at 107 miles per hour, a prodigious shot measured at 456 feet. Had a great jump.
"I don't like the implication that we were doing something that they were checking on when they were actually, don't forget they're the ones that created a false credential, or asked for a credential for somebody that's not supposed to have one", Dombrowski said in the Red Sox dugout before Game 4 in Houston. "Second of all, I don't like the implication that the Boston Red Sox would do anything illegal".
Sale threw in the outfield for 10-15 minutes before Game 4 in Houston, but manager Alex Cora said the seven-time All-Star didn't throw a bullpen as planned. It's only a game of inches when there is balance in that distribution; when that outlay appears skewed, frustration can manifest.
Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale will not pitch in Thursday's Game 5 of the American League Championship Series because he is still weak from the stomach ailment that sent him to a Boston hospital on Sunday night.
Bradley hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning, his latest huge swing for a Red Sox team that got knocked out of last year's playoffs by Houston in the Division Series.
Oddly enough, Mookie Betts is Boston's X-factor in Game 5.
"I'm aware of something going on, but I haven't been briefed", Hinch said. "Changed that whole inning". However, after recording two quick outs in the sixth, James surrendered a double to Christian Vazquez before Bradley pounced on James' off-speed offering. Center fielder George Springer almost made a jumping grab, but the ball glanced off his glove. Cora said. "I learned that when I was playing winter ball in 1997 with Robby Alomar, Sandy Alomar, my brother". In the seventh, the Red Sox loaded the bases with two outs and Lance McCullers, Jr. entered to try to put out the fire. Martinez tacked on a run in the eighth with an RBI single to make it 8-5. But a diving catch by Josh Reddick ended a Boston threat, leading to Cora keeping closer Craig Kimbrel in the game for a six-out save.
The Red Sox have simply stunned the Astros at home these past two games to take a 3-1 series lead.
Keuchel's lousy first inning was a continuation of problems he had in the regular season when he allowed 26 runs in the opening frame to give him a 6.88 ERA in the first inning.
Bradley had caught the ire of many Red Sox fans while batting.210 during the first half of the season. Springer and Tony Kemp each hit a solo homer for the Astros, who left 13 runners on base. Osuna allowed three hits and hit two batters before giving up a grand slam and exiting the game to a chorus of boos.
It was also a better outing than many expected from Price. The Red Sox won Wednesday's contest 8-6.
Crew chief Joe West, working the right-field line, signaled fan interference after the ball ricocheted back onto the field.
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