Monday, October 15, 2018

JBJ Leads The Charge In Red Sox "Must-Win", 7-5—ALCS Knotted At 1-1

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It wasn't looking good. David Price had pitched 'better' (4.2, 4 ER, 4 BB, HR), but he had just given up a two-run home run, resulting in a 4-2 deficit. However, the resilient Carmine Hose loaded the bases on Gerrit Cole in the third inning, when Jackie Bradley, Jr. launched one of the biggest hits of his career. His opposite-field, wall-ball double skimmed along the tiny shelf in left (seemingly forever) allowing three runs to score and giving Boston a lead it never relinquished in the ultimate 7-5 win.  The benighted bullpen (often criticized on this site) performed brilliantly—going 4.1 innings and giving up just one hit (although Craig Kimbrel delivered yet another cardiac save). Mookie Betts also delivered key blows in the contest—two doubles (one delivering a key late RBI and the other leading off the game). He also produced a "MookieRun" around the bases—with a walk and three advancements on passed balls/wild pitches. Rafael Devers also came up big—both in the field and with a 2-3 night at the plate (knocking in one and scoring two). Andrew Benintendi helped get things going in the first by knocking in Betts with the first run of the game. There's no question this was a must win situation for Boston. The victory evened the series at 1-1, and means the Red Sox now just need to win one game at The Juice Box in Houston to bring the series back to Fenway.