Let's hope the squad ends the series Sunday and gets the much deserved rest before going head to head against the victor of New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians, to which the Indians have taken an overpowering 2-0 lead with their 9-8 win in 13 innings last night. In a five-game series, it only takes three wins to advance to the ALCS. The heat is on Red Sox manager John Farrell in a big way, too. And speaking of third homers, Altuve would hit his third homer of the game in the seventh inning off reliever Austin Maddox, becoming the ninth player in postseason history to hit three homers in a game. Altuve scored when Correa homered in the first.
Nunez missed all but one of the Red Sox' final 20 regular season games and had to be carried off the field following his first at-bat against the Astros.
GEORGE SPRINGER: Springer went hitless from the leadoff spot in Game One, but he more than made up for that Friday. Bauer also gets hit hard on 0-0 counts (.787 slugging) and 1-1 counts (.929 slugging).
But Sale had also rarely faced a lineup as deep and risky as Houston's, or a hitter as complete as Altuve. Their pitching has been good enough-their bullpen has allowed just one run (earned) over 6.1 innings.
The last person to hit three home runs in one post-season game was Pablo Sandoval, who did it during the 2012 World Series. He tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief in Game 2 when Pomeranz could only last two innings. But Pomeranz was rocked by the Astros on Friday. Boston was able to drive in a run, but he limited the damage by finishing the frame with two punch outs and stranding runners on 1st and 2nd.
Porcello pitched one inning in mop-up duty for the Red Sox on Thursday after the game was already out of reach. He would probably had more hits but ya know, the Red Sox intentionally walked Tuve two times.
Alex Bregman doubled, Altuve singled and Pomeranz's day was quickly over.
Photo Boston's Chris Sale, who led the majors in strikeouts this season, struggled against the Astros in his postseason debut. The Astros got a gift when Mookie Betts caught a fly ball to right and dropped it while trying to wind up a throw toward the plate.
Boston now trails the series 2-0 and are endangered of being swept for the second straight season. That has been the idea for Devenski all year long, though it's worth noting that now he might have some help from Lance McCullers Jr., if manager A.J. Hinch opts to use McCullers out of the 'pen. "So we'll make a game plan based off of how the last start went and kind of adjust going into it".
The better news is the Astros will send their "other" ace to the mound in game 2 looking to really take control of this best-of-five series before they head to Boston for game three.
The Astros lead the series 2-0.
Back on its home field, Boston will try to stick around for at least another game, this time pinning its hopes with right hander Doug Fister, a June waiver signing who became a regular in the starting rotation only because of injuries.