The Houston Astros exploded for seven games in the ninth inning and beat the Boston Red Sox 9-2 in Game 4 of the ALCS Tuesday night at Fenway Park. With the win, the Astros and the Red Sox are now tied for a best of seven streak in two games each.
The Astros took an early lead with Alex Bregman’s singles home performance leading the first half, but Xander Bogarts’ second-half shot gave Boston a 2-1 lead. That result lasted until eighth, when Jose Altuve netted the 21st round of his post-season ground career—that was a solo blast outside Boston loyalist Garrett Whitlock—to a tie.
At nine, the Astros were able to go ahead after Carlos Correa’s double from Nathan Evalde, a Boston Game 2 player called in by manager Alex Cora to please him. Evaldi hit the next hitters and looked like he got the third hit on Jason Castro. However, the court was called the ball and soon after Castro was able to guide the divider to the right field and the Correa board. One walk from Altuve later, Houston hit the lead with a rule-laden double from Michael Brantley. Brantley himself scored the Astros’ seventh game in the match, with two goals from Yordan Alvarez. By the time the Red Sox managed to achieve that elusive third place, the score was 9-2.
The Red Sox had plenty of opportunities to build a more comfortable lead in the first and middle, but they went 0-for-9 in Game 4 with two runners in the scoring position and left 11 runners at the base. A ninth place in the Astros racing class, though, has made it all moot. Game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday at Fenway Park.
Here is a summary of Game 4.
Astros attack comes out at nine
The Astros offense has been idle for the vast majority of the game. All is well, that ends well, though, right? With a 2-2 draw heading into ninth, Red Sox coach Alex Cora opted to use his starting star, Nathan Evaldi, at rest. It was Evaldi’s first resting appearance since the 18-stroke marathon at Dodger Stadium at the 2018 World Championships.
Eovaldi gave up the double lead for Carlos Correa. it happened Kyle Tucker Swings strikes and Astros chooses his mode Yuli Gouriel on purpose. Aledmys canceled Díaz and it looked like Eovaldi would be out of it. backup catcher Jason Castro It came through 2-2 the field, though.
This was particularly interesting because rookie Astros player Martín Maldonado is excellent behind the board but basically no offense whatsoever. Castro posted 118 OPS+ in the regular season. Perhaps with that kind of deterioration in the series anyway, Astros manager Dusty Baker decided to go with the hot paddle behind the board to move on?
Regardless, the Astros are not finished. Jose Altove This was followed by a picnic and that was for Ivaldi. Lefty Martin Perez entered the game and Michael Brantley Empty the rules with double. Good posture and light hitting Jordan Alvarez One run plated again and then the dodger Carlos Correa was thrown away. Then Kyle Tucker’s strike put the house back another run.
Just like that, the match that went into ninth and tied with a score of 2-2 went to the bottom of the ninth 9-2 Astros. Eovaldi was charged with four-game winnings in just 2/3 of a game.
Strike zone issues?
According to strike-area tracking procedures, home board referee Laz Diaz did not have a good night. There was one move in particular that might stand out for Red Sox fans after this game. With a 1-2 count and tied the match at the top of the ninth standings, Castro’s Evaldi Stadium was called up with the ball. It looked like it might have been loud and/or outside. This action shows, via ESPN’s Jeff Passan, that he just cut the corner of the hit zone.
On that court, it’s very hard to expect a referee to properly project that appeal at real-life pace, especially on a still-moving broken ball as it crosses the board. As for bad fouls, they are bad fouls (JD Martinez got a terrible call in the third inning, for example) and shouldn’t happen at a high rate in Game 4 of the ALCS.
Altov ties it up with Homer 21 games
The match was 2-1 Red Sox after the first half. The exact same result was going to the top of the eighth inning. Then, on the first pitch of the frame, Jose Altoff went deep to tie things up.
bubble. Brand new ballgame.
Altuve is still rising to Posteason’s main playlist. He’s the third ever and he’s running at a ridiculous pace. Here’s the top five (okay, it’s six since two players tied for fifth).
Bergman, Astros hits first
After rolling in early innings in blast losses in games 2 and 3 (Game 2 doesn’t look bad, but it was 9-3 before two of the Astros’ teammates got close), it seemed necessary that the Astros grabbed the lead early on in this . And they did. Alex Bergman homered with two outs in the first half to give them an early lead.
But this progress did not last long.
Bogarts, Sox responded immediately
With one runner and two at the bottom of the first, the Red Sox took the lead in two rounds Xander Bogarts Zach Greinke exploded.
This seemed like a big deal in addition to just reclaiming the lead, because while all the other Red Sox shooters were blazing in the series, Bogaerts was 3 for 13 and without a home run. It wasn’t a long slack or anything, but he had lost all fun. Even this. He later added a double spike off the center court wall which would have served as a home run on a few other ball courts. Suffice it to say, he’s fine.
However, the rest of the Red Sox’s attack took a nap this time around compared to the previous two matches.
Astros start problems persist
Prior to Game 4, Astros beginners in this series had only had 5 1/3 of the combined innings. They allowed 14 out of 13 hits in this trivial workload. Not only does this lack of turning depth hurt the team in every game, but it also hurts the Bullpen, especially here at Fenway Park when they are tasked with playing three games in three days. Greinke was not expected to be on a regular starting schedule. He has only bowled twice since September 13th and has never bowled more than 28 in either game. The long first half meant he only scored four teams in 37 shots, however, a much shorter outing than the Astros had so desperately hoped for. Becker’s perfect game plan certainly saw Greinke run around three rounds. Wishful thinking, perhaps.
With four games, the Astros start the series with 18.90 ERAs in 6 2/3 innings.
Pivetta, Javier Get Height
The big story so far this series that will continue is the hunt for shooters to do multiple rounds. The Red Sox fared better which is why they took a 2-1 lead in this match. The start of the Red Sox Nick Pevita He gave them five rounds of action in Game 4 and only allowed one run on Homer Bergman.
On the other hand, we have to give credit to the loyal Astros Christian Jaffer To navigate three goalless rounds against Red Sox offense that was on another level in the post-season. This is a Big Boy outing.
Indeed, let’s give praise to the Astros game as a whole. They only allowed four strokes in 7 2/3 point-free innings to close this thing. It wasn’t just Javier. Brooks Raleigh His inherited feud is stranded in the second. Phil Mattoon The runner Javier left him stranded. Kendall Grafman I worked on the seventh and eighth before Ryan Presley came close to turning out the lights.
Next: 5 . game
We will be staying at Fenway for the fifth game in this series and it will be a rematch of Game 1 on the Hill. It didn’t work out well for any of the novices then:
- chris sel: 2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP
- Framber Valdez: 2 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Neither bull is really relaxed, but they will use the fumes when needed. ALCS is Kind of Big deal, you know, this is the 5th game in a series held in two games each. The team that leads 3-2 in a best-of-seven series in MLB game history is 75-33 in that series.
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