Three reasons to blame for ALCS Game 1 loss

15 October, 2018, 06:56 | Author: Heather Diaz
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The umpires in tonight's American League Championship Series Game 1 between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros have sparked some controversies with a couple of questionable calls, but what just happened at second base has everyone talking.

BOSTON (AP) - With temperatures dipping into the 40s, numbing their fingertips as they tried to grip the baseball, Justin Verlander and Chris Sale both struggled to get the ball over the plate.

Gerrit Cole missed his spot by a mile on Andrew Benintendi's first inning RBI single.

Price, though, said that as soon as the final out was recorded in Game 4 of Boston's series win over New York, Cora pulled him aside, told him he was not making any changes and that Price would be his Game 2 pitcher all the way. At best Nunez could've made a nice stab and an inning-ending play. 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". He threw 80 pitches, 50 of them strikes, and avoided the big inning that has so often dogged him. Most likely Verlander comes out of the game. Five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks in six innings hardly qualifies as a good start, especially in the postseason.

- Ryan Brasier worked around a two-out walk to Bregman in the seventh. He has allowed only nine hits in his past four postseason starts, matching Don Larsen (1955-57) as the only pitchers to allow nine hits over a span of four-postseason starts, according to STATS.

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On the other side, when the Red Sox tied it up with two of their own off Verlander in the fifth, it was a similar breakdown in command from the starter. Benintendi didn't take the lumber off his shoulder for ONE pitch of that fifth-inning at-bat, which was Boston's golden opportunity to shift the momentum in Game 1. What he did bring to the table was bushels of moxie and guile as he somehow, someway, survived four innings and allowed only two runs on one hit.

"I still like our chances", he said. We were in different rooms but talking about the same thing. We're not gonna give up.

Where do we start?

Judged exclusively by the early innings of the boxscore from Saturday's opener of the best-of-seven ALCS, the game unfolded pretty much as billed. Cora insisted that he had faith in Price, and he told the 2012 AL Cy Young victor as much after the Red Sox eliminated the Yankees in the previous round.

We actually, on the off-day in NY, I was watching the game with Pedroia and then Pedey had some thoughts about him, the way he attacked hitters and the way they attacked him. These guys know what it takes to win.

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