Game One ALCS Recap

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By Tyler Englander 10/14/2018

You can’t give the defending World Series Champions 13 free base-runners an expect to win.

Red Sox pitchers did just that issuing 10 walks and hitting three batters in 7-2 loss to the Houston Astros in Game One of the ALCS. The struggles started early with Boston ace Chris Sale having difficulty finding the plate. Sale was erratic giving up the two runs while walking 4 in 4 innings of work. The Astros got out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to a George Springer 2-run single that got past the dive or Eduardo Nunez as the ball went just under his glove. The Red Sox came back to tie the game with two runs in the fifth without the benefit of a hit. A Mitch Moreland bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch allowed the Sox to tie it up. The inning ended on a questionable called third strike against Andrew Benintendi.  Boston manager Alex Cora argued the call and was ejected.

 

The Astros grabbed the lead again in the sixth on a Carlos Correa RBI single off Joe Kelly. The Sox probably should have been out of the inning, but Nunez botched an easy double play ball allowing the inning to continue. The Astros pulled away in the 9th putting up a four spot. A Josh Reddick solo home run followed by a three-run Yuli Gurriel homer put the game away.

 

Game Two is set for Sunday Night from Fenway. David Price will go for the Sox. Price who has struggled mightily in his postseason career is coming off of a rough outing giving up three runs against the Yankees in the ALDS in game two where he couldn’t get out of the second inning. Houston sends Gerrit Cole to the mound. Cole pitched brilliantly against the Indians in the ALDS giving up one run in seven innings of work. The Sox look to even the series tonight, a loss presents them with the daunting task of going to Houston in a 0-2 hole.