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. Reliever Joe Kelley allowed both his inherited runners to score on a single by Brian McCann, hanging seven earned runs on Sale across five innings in his first-ever postseason start.
One key stat to know: Jose Altuve is 5-for-7 in the first two games, and the Red Sox issued two intentional passes to him in Game 2 to pitch to cleanup hitter Carlos Correa.
But during that time, Houston starter Dallas Keuchel was in the process of sending 13 consecutive Red Sox batters back to the dugout.
In Game 1, the Red Sox mustered up just two runs despite seven hits.
Boston's pitchers get a breather after being battered around by the Astros in the first two games of their ALDS, and almost all the arms need a rest in the Yankees-Indians series following Friday's extra-innings showdown. Farrell's Red Sox won the AL East the past two seasons, but previous year lost eight of their final nine games then were swept three games in the ALDS by the Indians, the team giving Girardi so many problems. The Astros received a flawless top half of the seventh from Devenski including two strikeouts before Altuve gave the Astros another insurance run with his third solo home run of the game to make it 8-2 in the bottom half of the inning. Should Boston's series against Houston go four games, the Red Sox would likely call on Sale again and hope for better results. The third homer came in the fifth inning, also off the bat of Altuve. Gonzalez drove home Evan Gattis and Josh Reddick with his two-out hit in the fourth before Gattis and Reddick reached in succession to chase Sale in the bottom of the sixth. Brad Peacock will start game three and was 13-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 161 strikeouts in the regular season. What a fraud-Oh, he went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored? Altuve, who led the majors in batting at.346 this year, became just the 10th player to hit three homers in a postseason game.
As for the much-talked-about edge that the Red Sox may have on the Astros in stealing bases, Keuchel said he's confident of his chances in that cat-and-mouse game to work things toward his strengths.
Here are three takeaways from the Astros' Game 1 victory. Note: The Division Series is a best of five. Those hinge largely on Doug Fister, the journeyman right-hander who lost to the Astros last Friday. The Red Sox simply didn't look ready to play. "They fought back and they fought back hard and I gave it right back to them".
For the Yankees to crawl back into this series, they'll need Judge to start putting the ball into play or into the stands. Kluber went 2-0 during the regular season against NY, but didn't face slugger Aaron Judge, who was slumping both times the teams met. CC Sabathia starts for the Yankees - he spent eight seasons with the Indians, who drafted him in 1998 as a 17-year-old.
"We have been backed into a corner before, it's nothing that we haven't been able to overcome, and it comes down to execution now", Fister said Saturday. For the second season in a row, it looks like the Red Sox pitchers can't even find the starting gate.