He was close to getting out of it unscathed after striking out Evan Gattis and Brian McCann, but Springer lined a single to left to put Houston back in the lead.
"A lot of the guys that carried this team are young guys that are going to be here for awhile".
Yeah. Here they are, with a chance to catch their breath while they wait to see whether they start the ALCS at home against the Yankees or on the road against the Indians; while they continue to lift a city wounded so gravely by Hurricane Harvey.
Houston would add two more runs and hold on, 5-4, for the series-clinching win in front of over 37,000 fans. Cody Bellinger homered and drove in two runs for L.A., making a winner of Yu Darvish, and the Chicago Cubs have jumped out to a two games to one lead over the Washington Nationals with a 2-1 win last night.
For a little extra lemon juice in the paper cut, the RBI single that proved to be the eventual game winning hit that Kimbrel yielded was to former Red Sox outfielder Josh Reddick. Farrell said he's "confident" he's the right man to manage the club. They had some thrilling comebacks, they were resilient at times, and the players mostly seem like good guys. We get the surrender cobra of denial, the hesitant reach toward the laptop of bargaining ("maybe he wasn't out, maybe there was a bobble"), the beginning of the laptop slam of anger, the slow, quiet laptop closing of depression and finally the pensive, dawning acceptance of, "wait, I'm still in class".
The Houston Astros had been held scoreless for four innings by Chris Sale as the Boston Red Sox pulled ahead, 3-2, in Game 4 of the American League Divisional Series at Fenway Park on Monday afternoon.
Boston suffered a pair of 8-2 defeats down in Texas on Thursday and Friday, while the Yankees suffered heartbreak in Game 2 in Cleveland to fall into a deep hole against the defending American League champion. Kimbrel came with another one, outside, and the left-handed Reddick poked it into left field, for the RBI.
In contrast, George Springer, Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman have set the tone for the Astros in the series.
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Boston's season is over, and fans will now spend the winter months wondering what-if.
In New York, Greg Bird led off the bottom of the seventh with a homer, and Aroldis Chapman posted a five-out save as the Yankees staved off elimination.
"This is a great team".
Dombrowski also has learned over the past three seasons that managing the Red Sox is different than managing other teams. New York chased Corey Kluber from Game 2 after putting up six earned runs on the Indians ace in 2 2/3 innings.
Michael Brantley replaced Encarnacion at designated hitter again and went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts as the Indians committed a season-high four errors and lost 7-3, tying the series at two games apiece.
It was a good year for a good team. On the 2-1 pitch, Sale threw a changeup that hung tantalizingly in the middle of the strike zone.
"We want to win", Hinch continued. They were a combined 3-for-33, 3-for-30 out of the top three spots.
Rafael Devers cut the Astros' deficit to one with an inside-the-park home run, his second of the playoffs, to lead off the Boston ninth against closer Ken Giles. Andrew Benintendi, who hit 20 homers as a rookie (just his second full season in pro ball), is going to be a superstar, and soon. "This is a team that can do a lot of special things".
Two batters later, with Joe Musgrove on the mound, Jackie Bradley Jr. skied a ball to right field, where Pesky's Pole and the odd curvature of Fenway's right field were certain to come into play.