Red Sox shuffle lineup heading into Game 2 of ALCS

Emmett Rice
October 15, 2018

The Boston offense gave Price a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the third with a three-run double by Jackie Bradley Jr., and he thanked them with a 1-2-3 top of the forth.

Verlander issued his first bases-loaded walk since August 3, 2015, when he walked Mitch Moreland to make it 2-1. This was his 10th postseason start and he had been 0-8 with one no-decision.

A head-to-head matchup of Price and Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole, both former No. 1 overall picks in the draft, ended with no clear victor.

The Red Sox send David Price to the mound for Game 2 of their AL Championship Series against Houston hoping for a bounce-back performance from the entire club. "I expect to win, but I'm very happy that we won".

For starters, the Astros had to lose a postseason game for the first time this fall, and lose a game at Fenway Park for just the fourth time in 11 games dating to the start of 2017.

Houston only managed one hit off of Sale, but he loaded the bases with two outs in the second on two walks and a hit batter before reigning World Series MVP George Springer singled in two runs past the glove of Eduardo Nunez, who slipped as he stretched for the ball.

Betts scored an insurance run in the seventh, walking to lead off the inning and coming around to make it 6-4 on a wild pitch and a pair of passed balls.

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The Astros tied the game in the second when Springer doubled down the right field line past Pearce's dive at first base. To win a World Series and do it multiple times. Altuve then ripped a single off of the Monster to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Alex Bregman. It was Cole. "Early I thought he was a little over-amped", said Hinch.

Game 2 of the ALCS, held Sunday night in Boston, was a play in three parts. As the ball bounced back toward the infield, it hopped on the padding along the side wall, just out of Gonzalez's reach. As Price left the field, the crowd rose to applaud the pitcher they booed off the mound in Game 2 of the Division Series, and he tapped the brim of his cap.

"We won - that's my first team win as a starter", said Price.

David Price wasn't bad, and the Red Sox will take it.

But it did, and now I've seen that happen, and if, thousands more baseball games down the road, I see it happen again, I'll be able to say, "yes, I actually have seen that one before". If you can get 2+ innings out of one of those guys before a reliever and then eventually bringing in Kimbrel, that could do it. The Red Sox haven't yet named a starter but the Astros will go with Dallas Keuchel.

The question mark, as it has been since he allowed 16 runs in 23 1/3 October innings in 2015, was Price. He was 6-7 with a 3.81 ERA in the regular season and allowed one run in five innings for the win against the Yankees in Game 3 of the ALDS - his first career postseason appearance.

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