Trevor Bauer pitched 6-2/3 scoreless innings and combined with two relievers on a three-hitter, and Jay Bruce had a home run and three RBIs as Cleveland beat NY in Game 1 of their AL Division Series. Note: The Division Series is a best of five.
The second and third innings featured a few of the typical bright spots that the Red Sox were used to seeing from their All-Star during the regular season.
On Thursday, Altuve validated his season. But if any of the voters had yet to submit ballots, then maybe this game changed their minds. He gave up three dingers, including the aforementioned two to Altuve.
Chris Sale has given up back-to-back home runs to Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve as the Astros jump out to the quick 2-0 lead. He gave up six extra-base hits for just the second time in his career, and had rarely allowed nine hits and seven runs in the same game; it had happened just three times before.
The Red Sox do have several great hitters on the team like Dustin Pedroia and Rafael Devers but the Red Sox have struggled hitting home runs all year which could pose as a serious problem when facing an offensive juggernaut like the Astros.
And all of a sudden you realize that you spent so long trying to crack Justin Verlander's pitching that you forgot to bar the castle gates against the Astros' lineup and you're down 5-2 and wait a second what the hell just happened? Verlander has been excellent for the Astros, and did outduel Sale with the Tigers at the beginning of this season. Three weeks later Houston acquired Verlander and agreed to pay $20 million of his salary each of the next two years. But that's not where Reddick earned his game MVP status from. Instead of waiting for the victor of the wild-card game and watching as either the Twins or Yankees advanced by burning one of their top pitchers, the Astros instead have to duke it out in five games with the Red Sox.
Marwin Gonzalez and Brian McCann both plated two runs apiece. Without the ability to score runs with one swing of the bat, the Red Sox are already at a major disadvantage.
Starting pitcher Justin Verlander in the dugout during Game One of 2006 World Series. But he fell apart on Thursday. He won't be ideal, and he'll give up some runs, but when he needs to he will shut the Astros down.
The stakes: The Yankees, who lost the wild-card game in 2015, are in their first playoff series since getting swept in the 2012 ALCS, while the Indians are hoping to return to the World Series - and win it for the first time since 1948. Drew Pomeranz gets the ball, and he was 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA and 174 strikeouts this season.
As the night wore on, Cleveland worked more counts, moved up repeatedly on wild pitches, and were able to stretch their lead against a exhausted Yankees bullpen. Nunez was a key component for the Red Sox, hitting.321/.353/.539 with eight home runs in 38 games after joining Boston from San Francisco.
With the uncertainty of the rest of the series, it is unclear when Sale's next start will be. The game can be watched on TV on the MLB Network, or online through live stream (details below). If things go all the way, then Game 5 will bring the series back to Houston for the victor takes all decider next Wednesday.
Friday's Game Two will start shortly after 1 p.m., and unlike Game One, this game will be aired on FS1, which is available to more fans.
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