#RedSox ALDS Game 1 Summary (October 4) Closeout Sale

#RedSox ALDS Game 1 Summary (October 5) Closeout Sale. Chris Sale appears to have nothing left in the tank, having declined steadily in effectiveness since August, and in the all important first game of this series, he got clobbered for 9 hits, including 3 home runs and 2 doubles and was ultimately responsible for 7 runs over 5+ innings. Although he did strike out 6 Astros, he was in trouble in every inning. The homers included one by Alex Bregman and two by Josė Altuve, who ultimately hit 3 (his third was off Austin Maddox in the 7th) to join an elite list of just 9 players who hit 3 homers in a single postseason game in MLB history. Evan Gattis and Marwin González doubled for Houston. On the other side, Astros starter Justin Verlander was dominant, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits a 2 walks over 6 innings, while fanning 3. The first Red Sox run came in the 2nd, when Sandy León singled with 2 on and 2 out, and Mitch Moreland scored from 2nd just as Dustin Pedroia was tagged out trying to go from first to third. The play was so close it had to be decided by replay. In the 4th, Mookie Betts double, reached 3rd on a Moreland single, and scored on a Rafael Devers sac fly. Hanley Ramírez also doubled, but did not score. In addition to Sales’s disappointing start, Sox fans got other bad news in this game, when Eduardo Núñez collapsed while running to first; an apparent result of a reaggravation of the knee injury that has kept him sidelined for weeks. He will probably miss the rest of the series and, if Boston advances, may be unavailable after that. The boys are going to have reach for something special to climb out of this hole. Houston beat Boston, 8-2, at Minute Maid Park. Houston leads the series, 1-0.


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