Chris Sale accepted responsibility for his performance during Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the Astros and Red Sox.
Sale worked five innings, allowing nine hits and seven runs with six strikeouts.
Alex Bregman and Altuve hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, making Sale look a bit rattled.
The Boston Red Sox were blown out by the Houston Astros for the second straight game in the ALDS, falling 8-2 on Friday afternoon in Houston.
Altuve (3-for-4, three RBIs) became the first player in franchise history to homer three times in a postseason game, doing so twice off Sale (0-1). He would probably had more hits but ya know, the Red Sox intentionally walked Tuve two times.
The precious hours between now and Sunday's Game 3 can't be spent sulking or talking about how good the Astros are, though that's precisely what the Red Sox did after their Game 2 loss. The Astros attempted to stage a comeback in the sixth inning after knocking Pomeranz out of the game and getting to reliever Carson Smith to make it a 5-2 game with no one out.
It was just 10 days ago that Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock went to the Fenway Park mound and defeated Boston in the opening game of the regular season-ending four-game series against the Red Sox.
Jose Altuve, who led all of baseball with a.346 average in the regular season, lit up Minute Maid Park with three home runs in Game 1 on Thursday, earning himself "MVP!" chants from the home crowd. There he gave up eight runs off ten hits over six innings, the most runs he gave up in any appearance a year ago.
Even though he beat Boston on September 28, it was still hard for him to fathom that he will face them in Game 3.
Yes indeed, Altuve continued his postseason magic today as he went 2-for-3 with two hits and one RBI.
Sandoval was indeed the last player to hit three homers in a postseason game, for the San Francisco Giants in the 2012 World Series. During that span, Barnes produced a 5.59 ERA in 11 games. Keuchel followed those up with three straight 3-up-3-down innings, allowing him to save his pitch count and stay in the game to finish with 96 total pitches. They could match the Red Sox atop the rotation and hold an advantage from two through four. I don't see this start as too much to be concerned about, it was his first postseason start.
There have 56 teams down 0-2 in an LDS, and seven of them have won their series.
"We've just got to hit", Ramirez said later. The Yankees might be bring in bigger TV ratings, but don't Houston fans deserve some chance of being able to watch a game without having to miss work? The Astros have the slight advantage here with pitching as their starters have been on point all season long. For the second season in a row, it looks like the Red Sox pitchers can't even find the starting gate.
Boston battled back, scoring a run on an odd play in the top of the 2nd after video replay showed that Mitch Moreland crossed home plate just before Dustin Pedroia was tagged out at third base with the final out of the inning.
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