Three takeaways from the Red Sox’s Game 2 ALCS win

Jose Verdugo
Octubre 16, 2018

"Everything I heard, he should be fine", Cora said.

The grim news, he's still saving them. From what Cora told reporters, the left-hander began vomiting after his start against the Astros on Saturday night. "I came here to win, period". I came here to win a World Series and to do it multiple times. I understand the narratives.

A first-pitch grand slam off Joaquin Benoit sent Torii Hunter into the bullpen and Fenway Park into delirium. But this is bigger than David Price. The Red Sox had home field advantage but promptly ceded it with the Game 1 loss.

Price left leading 5-4 with two on with two out in the fifth before Matt Barnes struck out Gonzalez to end the inning and then pitched a flawless sixth to earn the victory.

The Astros put up deuces in the second and third, the latter highlighted by a two-run Marwin Gonzalez homer.

Down 4-2, the Sox still gave Price one last chance for a shutdown inning.

"I was just not able to really find the zone with it and be able to put pressure on them with those offerings", he said.

That ball was caught for the next-to-last out of the game, and the Red Sox survived.

Lo and behold in the top of the fourth, Price covered himself in glory with a shutdown inning that was his best of the evening, a 1-2-3 affair that ended with a flyout from Springer.

Boston did most of its damage in the third, accounting for three of its nine hits to take the lead for keeps.

"That was definitely appreciated", Price said.

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"It wasnt the line I dreamed Id have tonight", Price said. If the Red Sox don't get out to an early lead, they'll struggle to win Game 3.

With some sloppy work from the battery to ignite it, the Astros found out just how explosive in the seventh when Betts added an insurance run. A night after Betts rolled over a groundball to kill a bases-loaded rally, he laced two doubles into centerfield, one that drove in a run and one that eventually scored one.

Not a true "W", of course - you need 15 outs for one of those, and Price fell one shy. It was a bit of a turn for the Astros after a particularly crisp game one. Gonzalez made it 4-2 when he hit Price's full-count fastball off an advertisement above the Monster seats with two outs in the third.

It was the 14th consecutive post-season game that the World Series champs hit at least one out of the park, an all-time Major League Baseball playoff record.

Games 4 and 5 of the best-of-seven series will also be played at the Juice Box before the series returns to Boston for Games 6 and 7.

The wall exacted a little revenge on Gonzalez in the next inning, however. He flied out to right field on the next pitch.

The veteran pitcher wasn't at Fenway Park for Sunday's contest and midway through the game the team announced that Sale had been admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital with a stomach illness. He was hospitalized Sunday night for observation.

Game 3 is Tuesday in Houston.

Cora said the ailment didn't affect Sale's effort in the series opener.

"We did a good job attacking him right away", Cora said.

This wasn't even a moral victory - his outing did not remotely qualify or approach a quality start and to give him any credit for losing a two-run lead in a critical playoff game would demean starters of all stripes and break the boundaries of truth.

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