5 keys to an Astros win in ALCS Game 5

Hope Soto
October 21, 2018

Make the catch, Boston wins. The Red Sox shouldn't expect any miracles, but they'd be pleased if Price can give them three or four solid innings. Benintendi reeled in the ball with a perfectly timed diving catch, a walk-off web gem. "At that point, it was either do or die".

Red Sox: Boston has stolen all the momentum back from the defending world champion after a dominant Game 3 performance, but it's now a question of whether or not it can hang onto win two more games in this series still in Houston. Teams are now limited to six mound visits per game under new rules that went into place this season.

"I think he's feeling better now that we pinch ran for him with Sandy", Cora said.

Boston leads the series 3-1 and will look to advance to the World Series with a win at Minute Maid Park.

When asked if he felt like anything was going on the first two ALCS games at Fenway Park, Cora responded, "No, I don't". It's only a game of inches when there is balance in that distribution; when that outlay appears skewed, frustration can manifest.

On Wednesday, Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters that Sale - who was initially slated to start Game 5 on Thursday - was still feeling weak and had lost weight from the stomach illness that hospitalized him on Sunday, according to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe. Bregman's double was the only extra-base hit for a team which entered the game having hit at least one homer in a record 14 straight playoff games. Game 6, if necessary, would be Saturday night in Boston. However, after recording two quick outs in the sixth, James surrendered a double to Christian Vazquez before Bradley pounced on James' off-speed offering. Center fielder George Springer almost made a leaping catch, but the ball glanced off his glove. Jackie Bradley Jr. is hitting just.182 this postseason, but belted a grand slam in the Red Sox game three win. He now has nine RBIs through four games.

Boston got some insurance in the seventh when Lance McCullers walked in a run after taking over for Ryan Pressly with the bases loaded and two outs. Carlos Correa produced two RBI singles, the second of which came against the Red Sox's Joe Kelly (1-1), drove in Yuli Gurriel and lifted the Astros to a 5-4 lead in the fifth.

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Favorable close calls aside, the Red Sox are on the cusp of their first AL pennant since 2013 because of their offensive attack.

Mookie Betts hit a hard grounder and third baseman Alex Bregman threw home for the force and the second out. Kimbrel gave up hits to the first three batters he faced. "And whether that's pitch tipping, pitch sequencing, changing your signs, changing your location of your defenders - this is a bigger topic that's going to take a lot more time than an overnight story and concern and people's curiosities". The Red Sox are a +170 underdog, while the over-under is set for 8 runs.

"After viewing all relevant angles, the Replay Official could not definitively determine that the spectator failed to reach out of the stands and over the playing field, clearly preventing the fielder from catching the ball". "That's why I called spectator interference".

'Somebody mentioned (it) to me right now. "Actually, he's been great against lefties and righties and he's really been great at first base".

Cora, for one, wasn't surprised.

With respect to both incidents regarding a Houston Astros employee, security identified an issue, addressed it and turned the matter over to the Department of Investigations.

Meanwhile, the Astros will turn to ace Justin Verlander to keep them alive. "I was pretty sure". "He's another Astros fan rooting for us".

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