Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters following Sunday night's ALCS Game 2 win over the Astros that Chris Sale, who checked in to Massachusetts General Hospital on Sunday night with a stomach illness, should be fine and is hopeful the staff ace will re-join the team when the series comes to Houston.
Gonzalez had crushed a two-run homer into the Monster seats in his last at-bat - it was the one truly hard-hit ball Price allowed - and after walking Tyler White on four pitches, it was time for Barnes. After Price departed, the Boston bullpen went above and beyond and the series is now tied 1-1 as it shifts to Houston for the next three games.
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With two out and a man on, the pop-out fell just a few feet short of the Monster, allowing the Red Sox to secure the split and essentially keep them in the series. He did, however, guide his team to victory for the first time in 11 career postseason starts, and that was all he cared about after the game.
Ultimately, with a lineup that includes likely AL MVP Mookie Betts, potent designated hitter J.D. Martinez and others, the Red Sox could remain competitive and make life hard for the Astros.
Not a true "W", of course - you need 15 outs for one of those, and Price fell one shy.
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That's just a figure of speech. "But I'm president and they're not". "Frankly, I like Gen. Mattis, [but] I think I know more about it than he does".
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He shot 71, one under par, to stand at nine under, three ahead of a group of four at six under. It's not something you get too angry about around here today.
Cora's faith in Price led him to name him the Game 2 starter as soon as the Red Sox clinched in NY, before anybody else could question the decision.
David Price has now made 11 postseason starts in his career and is still seeking his first win. He was on the hook for four runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
When the Red Sox scored three runs in the third to pull ahead, 5-4, Price didn't squander the opportunity. That brings us to this. On Turner's TV Everywhere platforms, viewership was up 53% in total streaming minutes per game during the 2018 MLB Postseason.
"That's my first team win as a starter", Price said with a smirk. Mookie Betts drove his 3-1 pitch off the wall in center, and Andrew Benintendi followed with an RBI single. J.D. Martinez lined out to second, and then Xander Bogaerts reached on an error by Cole. Just like that, the Sox had their first great moment of this ALCS. The Boston offense during the regular season was the AL's best against right-handed pitching, and Cole learned that on Sunday night in Fenway. He's batting.429 with six hits and two home runs in that span. That was also a history-making home run for Gonzalez's squadron. For Red Sox fans, who had feared the worst with Price on the mound and instead had watched him battle, it was worth cheering. He then allowed a double to George Springer and a single to Jose Altuve, which cut the Astros deficit to two. He only lasted 1-2/3 innings in his Division Series Game 2 start against the Yankees. Marwin Gonzalez homered for the Astros, who had won five straight postseason games dating to Game 7 of the 2017 Series. Springer added another double in the ninth inning of Game 2.
Oh, and the quirks of Fenway perhaps aided that go-ahead run in coming around to score. By that time, Bradley was standing on second base and the Red Sox had a 5-4 lead, as all three baserunners scored. I came here to win World Series and do it multiple times.
So it was Sunday night in Boston, with the Sox down one game to none to the defending champion Houston Astros.