Looking Back at How the Red Sox Got to the World Series in the ALCS.
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The Red Sox are heading to the World Series for the 13th time in franchise history after defeating the Houston Astros last Thursday night in Houston. They won the American League Championship series 4-1 in an intense Game Five.
To get this far, the Boston team had to give their all and make some game-changing plays. From a rough Game One to an exciting Game Five, they managed to do just that.
The first two games of the series began in Boston at Fenway Park.
Game One was uneventful for the Red Sox when it came to making big plays. The game ended with a score of 7-2, the Astros being victorious.
The starting pitchers in Game One were Chris Sale for Boston and Justin Verlander for Houston.
The Astros scored two runs in the top of the second inning when George Springer hit the ball hard down the left field line.
In the bottom of the fifth, Verlander walked three Boston players in a row, which led to 2 runs and a tie game.
In the top of the sixth, Alex Bregman scored to give the Astros the lead once again. The score remained close until the top of the ninth inning when Josh Reddick hit a home run. To end the game, Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run home run and the Astros claimed victory in the first game of the series.
In Game Two, the Sox played a lot better than they did the first time around.
For the second game, the starting pitchers were Boston’s David Price and Houston’s Gerrit Cole, who both happened to struggle on this particular night.
Mookie Betts started the game off by scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning. Andrew Benintendi scored another soon after.
George Springer hit a two RBI double in the top of the 2nd to even out to score, but the tie didn’t last long.
In the top of the 3rd, Marwin González belted a two-run homerun to give the Astros the lead.
Jackie Bradley Jr. turned the game around when he hit a three-run double at the bottom of the same inning.
Betts scored yet again in the bottom of the seventh and then assisted Rafael Devers with a run scoring double in the 8th. The Red Sox won this game to tie up the series 1-1.
Boston did an even more phenomenal job in the third game than they did in the one before.
Game Three took place at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The starting pitcher for the Red Sox was Nathan Eovaldi, while Dallas Keuchel started for the Astros.
Betts and Benintendi scored a run each right off the bat, in the top of the first inning.
Marwin González scored a run in the bottom of the same inning.
In the top of the third, Tony Kemp made an outstanding catch, up against the Crawford boxes in left field to rob Steve Pearce of a hit for a third out.
José Altuve scored in the bottom of the fifth to make it a tie game.
Steve Pearce hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to give Boston the lead once again.
In the top of the eighth, Brock Holt and Mitch Moreland both got hit by pitches from Astros closer Roberto Osuna.
The bases were loaded, which put Jackie Bradley Jr. in the perfect position to hit a grand slam and make the final score 8-2.
Game 4 was yet another win for the Red Sox, giving them a comfortable two games ahead of the Astros.
Starting pitchers in Game 4 were Rick Porcello for Boston and Charlie Morton for Houston.
Betts and J.D. Martinez each scored a run in the top of the first to get the game going.
In the bottom of the inning, Jose Altuve hit the ball deep to right, but when Betts went to catch it, a
fan reached their arm and blocked him from making the catch.
The umpire called fan interference following a lengthy review and the play was ruled an out.
The Astros had a strong performance in the third and fourth innings, with both George Springer and Tony Kemp hitting home runs, as well as Altuve scoring a run. The Astros were now up by one.
In the sixth, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run home run, which gave Boston the lead again. The final score ended up being 8-6. The Red Sox now only needed one more game to advance.
In Game Five, Boston finished off the series by defeating the Astros 4-1
The starting pitcher matchup in this one was David Price for the Red Sox and Justin Verlander for the Astros.
The first player to score was JD Martinez with a home run in the third.
Neither team scored again until the sixth when Rafael Devers hit a home run, and Mitch Moreland and Ian Kinsler scored runs right after. It was now a 4-0 game.
In the seventh, Marwin González hit a home run, which would be the lone run Houston scored that day.
Craig Kimbrel came to pitch in the ninth and with the help of Andrew Benintendi’s diving catch, the Red Sox successfully won the game.
Not only was the team moving on to the World Series, but David Price finally earned his first career playoff win as a starter. Excitement was in the air that night and the team is ready to advance.
Boston is scheduled to play the Los Angeles Dodgers this Tuesday night at Fenway Park to
start off the World Series. The Dodgers advanced to the World Series after winning Game Seven against the Brewers in the NLCS.
After being out for most of the ALCS with a stomach illness, Chris Sale is going into the World Series well rested and ready to start. He has had about nine days of rest, which should help his performance in the upcoming series.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora plans to keep players such as Betts and Benintendi in the lineup for the series against the Dodgers.
He also wants to find a way to fit Martinez into the lineup because he was one of the best hitters on the team during the regular season.
After winning the last series in five games, the Red Sox are well rested and prepared for their first game against the Dodgers tonight. The team hasn’t won a World Series since 2013, so hopefully they’ll come out of this one victorious.