#RedSox ALDS Game 4 Summary (October 9) They Fought the Good Fight

#RedSox ALDS Game 4 Summary (October 9) They fought the good fight. After the first two games of this series, it looked like the Red Sox would go down meekly in the ALDS, as they did last year. But they came back with a terrific effort to win game 3, and they fought all the way through this one as well, though a couple of mistakes by Craig Kimbrel in the 8th and 9th handed victory, in the end, to the Houston Astros. Unlike in the other 3 games, the Astros did not jump out to a big lead in this one. They got a run in the first inning when George Springer led off against Rick Porcello with a double, reached 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on a double play. The Sox answered right back with a solo home run by Xander Bogaerts off Houston starter Charlie Morton. Houston scored again in the 2nd when Yuli Gurriel led off with a triple and scored on a George Springer single. That was it until the 5th, when Andrew Benintendi lined a 2 run dinger to right off reliever Justin Verlander (in this game, both teams used starters as relievers) to give Boston the lead. Chris Sale, who had replaced Porcello in the 4th, kept Houston off the scoreboard until the 8th, when Alex Bregman’s solo blast just over the lip of the Monster tied the game at 3. After Evan Gattis singled, and Brian McCann hit Sale hard but right at Mookie Betts for the line out, On came Craig Kimbrel, tasked with getting 4 outs. But he looked unsteady at first, unable to locate his pitches, and walked George Springer. Our old friend Josh Reddick then drove in Cameron Maybin, who was pinch-running for Gattis, to put the Astros on top. The ‘Stros got another in the 9th when Kimbrel hit Marwin González, who scored on a Carlos Beltrán double. In the bottom of the inning, Rafael Devers revived hope in the Fenway Faithful with a dramatic inside-the-park home run. But that was all the Sox would get. This was an intense game, made more so by the shifting strike zone of home plate umpire Mark Wegner. In fact, in the second inning, Dustin Pedroia went ballistic over a strike call on an inside pitch and got so heated that John Farrell had to interpose himself. He argued so aggressively for his player that he got himself ejected, though I’m sure he figured that was better than losing his hard-driving second baseman. In the end, the Sox saw their 2017 baseball season come to an end, but at least they went down fighting. Houston beat Boston, 5-4, at Fenway Park. Houston wins the series, 3-1.


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