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Sale’s Day Ends Early

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Sale’s Day Ends Early

The Red Sox played their first game of a 5 game series against the very dangerous Houston Astros. Chris Sale got the nod for the start, but Sale’s Day didn’t last very long against the Astros line up. Especially against Jose Altuve who hit two home runs off of Chris Sale. Sale’s day finished with him giving up 7 runs over 5 innings pitched. I don’t see this start as too much to be concerned about, it was his first postseason start. There are a lot of emotions and nerves going into an ALDS game. There are still plenty of games left for the Sox to make a strong come back, but for now, let’s recap all the scoring of tonight’s game.

 

Astros Scoring Plays

It seemed the Astros were on fire from the get-go, with Alex Bregman launching a solo home run in the first to instantly put Houston on top. Sale, however, was not able to stop the bleeding, for the very next batter Jose Altuve launched a home run to put Houston up 2-0. The Astros did a very good job not letting Sale settle in and keep him unfocused. It seemed Sale had finally settled in, in the 4th with men on second and first with two outs. Marwin Gonzalez lined a double to center field. Scoring two more runs putting the Astros up 4-2. In the 5th Jose Altuve picked up his 2nd home run on the day extending the already large lead to 5-2.

 

Everyone seemed to want to get in on the scoring when Brian McCann singled to center scoring two more runs making it an absolute blow out at 7-2. The Astros final run came in the 7th when Jose Altuve hit his third home run of the night. Becoming the 9th player in history to hit 3 home runs in a single postseason game.

 

Red Sox scoring

The Sox didn’t do much in the sense of scoring, only able to score two runs in the entire game. There really isn’t much to say about the offense that couldn’t support a struggling Chris Sale. The Red Sox scored their first run on Sale Day in the 2nd inning. When Sandy Leon singled scoring Mitch Moreland cutting the score in half at 2-1. Their final run came in the 4th when Red Sox rookie sensation, Rafael Devers hit a sac flys scoring Mookie Betts tying the game at  2. As for the rest of the game, we all know how it unfolds. The Red Sox let 6 more runs cross the plate, and ultimately losing by a score of 8-2.

 

Tomorrow Drew Pomeranz will get the nod in a very pivotal game 2, having to go up against Dallas Keuchel. The Sox are not off to a good start. They look to regroup tomorrow and even the series up at 1 a piece to avoid the dreaded sweep.