Glove-Aided Dinger Helps Red Sox Stave Off Elimination

Boston Red Sox's Rafael Devers celebrates his two-run home run against the Houston Astros as he runs the bases during the third inning in Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday Oct. 8 2017 in Boston

The problem with this is, October baseball can tend to get very emotional, and class is probably not the best place to watch your favorite team in an elimination game. "That's kind of the whole energy that he's brought since we brought him over here".

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia was the veteran heart of the team this season.

Alex Bregman clubbed a game-tying solo home run off Sale in the eighth, his second of the series, and Springer and Jose Altuve drove in one run apiece for Houston. Cleveland has scored just three runs in the two games since.

"As far as the rest of the year, I felt like it was a big improvement for me", he said.

But the Red Sox would be silly to trade him now.

The two runs allowed came in the eighth inning with the Red Sox leading 3-2.

What if Craig Kimbrel, who struck out 126 of 254 batters faced this year, didn't go Full Schiraldi in the eighth and ninth innings of Game 4?

The left-hander came into the game as a reliever in the fourth inning with the Red Sox trailing 2-1 and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, while not walking a batter and striking out six.

Both teams used their aces in relief - Boston's Sale, and Houston's Verlander. Everybody did well, " Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. The Indians are really missing DH Edward Encarnacion, who hasn't played since game two when he injured his knee. We are the best team in the American League, ' " Keuchel said.

Rafael Devers cut the Astros' deficit to one with an inside-the-park home run, his second of the playoffs, to lead off the Boston ninth against closer Ken Giles.

You could come up with reasons why the Red Sox should or should not move any of their core position players.

The 33-year-old righthander will be making his first postseason start since 2014, when he was a member of the Washington Nationals. This team needs better leadership from its veterans, ie. people who aren't Pedroia or Price or Hanley Ramirez, and only then can they improve upon the weak-minded identity that they have cultivated in nearly every season since 2008.

Carlos Carrasco appears to be the perfect man to shut the door on the Yankees and give the Indians some needed days off before the start of the ALCS. "This is huge for us".

Bregman fouled off the first pitch, then laid off two tough pitches.

If the Indians hold on and win the series, they would hold home-field advantage over the Astros. If he does go, he leaves with a winning World Series ring from the first year in addition to the three division titles in five years (he finished last the other two years.).

"We had to try and find a way to do what we did so I could be out there, but if you were to get it fixed, the recovery is a long time", he said.

Four Los Angeles relievers combined to preserve a three-hitter. On the 2-1 pitch, Sale threw a changeup that hung tantalizingly in the middle of the strike zone. The rookie first baseman fell into the Dodgers dugout as he snagged Jeff Mathis' popup, nearly dropping into the lap of manager Dave Roberts.

No team is ever quite deep enough in pitching (even the Maddux/Glavine/Smoltz Braves had bullpen issues), but the Red Sox are as deep as they have been in years.

They get one more chance to close out the New York Yankees. We grinded it out. He's been sidelined since leaving Game 2 with a sprained right ankle last Friday.

In the National League, the L.A. Dodgers are moving on after completing a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 3-1 win. A decisive Game 5 is Wednesday night in Cleveland, with the winner advancing to play Houston in the AL Championship Series.

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