In Game 1, of the ALDS series between the Red Sox and Astros, Houston's 5'6 second baseman Jose Altuve homered three times, propelling the team to an 8-2.
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. His top four hitters - George Springer, Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa - have all come through, combining to go 12 of 32 with six home runs and 10 RBIs through two games.
The Houston Astros defeated the Boston Red Sox 8-2 in Game 1 of the American League Divisional series. Chris Sale will likely start in the first game, followed by either Rick Porcello or Pomeranz. He would probably had more hits but ya know, the Red Sox intentionally walked Tuve two times.
Overall Price went 2 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, while striking out two. The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros face off in what could be an absolute slugfest of a series, whereas the New York Yankees will take on the Cleveland Indians in what could be a highly technical baseball chess match. Should Boston's series against Houston go four games, the Red Sox would likely call on Sale again and hope for better results.
Springer hit his first postseason homer when he sent the second pitch of the third inning into the front row of the seats in right field. But the Red Sox have shown absolutely nothing through two games in Houston that shows they can compete with the Astros. In that time, he had a 5.54 earned run average and 2-8 record.
The last person to hit three home runs in one post-season game was Pablo Sandoval, who did it during the 2012 World Series. "I think we are all looking forward to getting on the field here in front of our home fans at Fenway, but as close as our team is, as much conversation that goes on daily, whether it's about what we're now involved in, what the challenge is that we're facing, this has been a close-knit team".
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Pedroia's presence in Boston lineup for Thursday's Game 1 was not always a sure thing.
"They're very good, they're deep, and they have got a number of ways to beat you".
DALLAS KEUCHEL: Keuchel's game was a bit like that of Justin Verlander on Thursday.
"We can only be ourselves", said Mookie Betts, Boston's star right fielder. That drew a loud chorus of boos from the home crowd, which greeted Altuve with a standing ovation in his first at-bat.
Brad Peacock starts for the Astros against Doug Fister.
Before the game, Farrell wouldn't rule out the possibility of bringing Sale back on three days' rest to start Game 4. The Boston Red Sox still need to win Game 3 to make this game possible, but the team does offer refunds for games that don't take place.
The stakes: Home teams that win the first two games of a best-of-five series are 38-6 in taking the series, so it's not impossible for the Yankees to pull off a comeback.
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