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11 Octubre 2017, 03:51 | Gerardo Tarin
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Jay Bruce drove in three runs as Cleveland began chasing their first World Series title in 69 years. His teams were 7-1 in those games, winning each of the last three. Honestly, you've been the Red Sox best pitcher down the stretch, and we have no reason to believe that won't continue here today.
The Astros blasted three homers off Sale, tagged him for seven runs, and the Sox ace never gave his team a chance in an 8-2 loss. So that whole walk-Altuve-to-face-Correa strategy backfired.
Nunez missed all but one of the Red Sox' final 20 regular season games and had to be carried off the field following his first at-bat against the Astros. Most are familiar with the success that Altuve has had over the past several seasons. Correa hit a two-run double, Evan Gattis followed with a laser single to bring home Correa and it was 8-2, Houston. But other guys in our lineup are here to hit, too. With Pomeranz facing off against Dallas Keuchel. Their pitching has been good enough-their bullpen has allowed just one run (earned) over 6.1 innings. He responded with a 14-3 record in his next 24 starts, compiling a 2.85 ERA.
Keuchel, who will start opposite Red Sox lefthander Drew Pomeranz, will be making his second Division Series start and third postseason start.
Houston pounced on Pomeranz and friends for two more in the third before a dam-breaking, four-run rally in the sixth ended any suspense.
Asked before the game how a strikeout pitcher like Sale would contend with a lineup like Houston's, Red Sox Manager John Farrell said Sale would have to execute his pitches and work ahead in the count. Pomeranz struggles made Sale's performance look like a walk in the park. His 12 pitch against the Astros was an overthrown, flat 84-mph slider that rookie third baseman Alex Bregman deposited in the leftfield seats. Houston traded for the former MVP, who had spent his entire career with the Detroit Tigers, September 1st. Boston has a history of manager scapegoats, so anything is possible if the Red Sox get totally embarrassed in the series.
The Red Sox were slaughtered at Minute Maid Park and did not even look like they belonged on the same field as the Astros.
After a well-pitched opener, it's a matchup of veteran left-handers in Game 2 of the NL Division Series between the Cubs and Nationals at 5:38 p.m. EDT.
Jose Altuve is making his case to be known as the best player in baseball on the biggest stage of his career. Fister has yielded first inning runs in eight of his last nine starts. It's nice to have playoff games during the day, but making the Astros play all five games during the day really makes it hard for Astros fans to watch the games, especially with all three of the games in Houston scheduled during the middle of the work day. They put him in some stressful situations, but him being able to control the game in that one inning was the difference in the game.
The Astros lead the series 2-0. "Anything as it relates to who would start on Game 4 on Monday, we'll get to that when we get through tomorrow". Game 3 is slated for Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM Central and can be seen on FS1.
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