I felt like I was battling myself for a little bit. I got a job to do and manage the team in the dugout. Verlander walked a third batter in a row, forcing in a run. Betts led the league in hitting, Martinez led with runs knocked in and finished second in both hitting to Betts and in home runs by five. The Dodgers and Brewers were tied at 1-1 in the National League Championship Series heading into game three on Monday in Los Angeles.
Make no mistake about it: if the Red Sox pitch this way for the rest of the series, they'll make a quick exit from the ALCS. It's not that we're trying to hit them, but we have to let them know that we will pitch there.
Benintendi was less philosophical. He slammed his shin guard, bat and helmet and had words with Hoye after the call.
Cora continued the argument and was ejected; he handed over his lineup card to bench coach Ron Roenicke and headed down the tunnel.
But the Red Sox ugly performance in Game 1 on Saturday night had nothing to do with the Sox' lack of focus or ability to handle pressure, Cora said yesterday. Andrew didn't agree. I didn't agree. Whether the issue is mechanical or physical or a combination of the two (or perhaps a reaction to the chilly weather; temperature at first pitch was 50 degrees and dropped from there), the Red Sox stand no chance of defeating Houston if Sale isn't right.
With two outs in the second inning, Sale lost all command, walking two men and hitting another to load the bases.
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Houston took advantage of another hit batter in the sixth - this one by reliever Joe Kelly - and Nunez dropping the ball for an error as he started to throw after fielding Gurriel's grounder.
"The tying run scoring was a little disappointing", Verlander said.
Things got slightly better as the night went on. Sale gave up two runs, one hit, four walks and a hit batter, and his average fastball velocity of 92 miles per hour was down 3 miles per hour from the Division Series.
"It wasn't the line I dreamed up to have tonight, but our offense, our defense, everybody rallied together", Price said. We're not gonna give up. It would be a big step toward becoming the first team to win consecutive World Series since the 1999-2000 Yankees.
Pedroia was 16 for 58 against Price in his career before the left-hander signed a free agent deal with the Red Sox prior to the 2016 season. The Astros were patient at the plate from top to bottom and the Red Sox were attempting to avoid a host of potent bats by locating the fine margins on the strike zone's edges.
Price was spotted a two-run lead in the first inning and then fell behind 4-2 before Bradley clanged one off the Monster that Astros left fielder Marwin Gonzalez helplessly chased as it bounced back toward the infield. "So for him to tell me before we even took our jerseys off to put on our post-season shirts that we get when we win, that was special".