ALCS: Red Sox Remember They're the Red Sox, Win at Fenway
The Houston Astros could head home from freezing conditions in Boston and be fairly pleased with themselves.
After all, they took home field advantage from the Red Sox by winning a bizarre Game 1.
But in the nip of time -- yes, nip and not nick; ballaclavas were worn -- the club that went 54-27 at Fenway overcame an early two-run deficit and edged away with a 7-5 triumph to square the ALCS at a game apiece.
To be fair, there were scores of hearty BoSox fans in early autumn garb. It was the 'Stros who reacted to temperatures between 45º and 52º as if Greenland had invaded and brought their air with them.
Until this sorta slide into second happens, they should just chill:
Dude didn't missed qualifying for the win by a third of an inning, but manager Alex Cora could take no chances. Price had surrendered four runs -- all with two out -- on five hits, with a BB:K ratio of 4:4.
Whatever happens in this game from here on out, the one thing that won't happen is: WP - Price.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) October 15, 2018
11 consecutive postseason starts without a win ties the record for any stretch of postseason GS. The others with 11: Tim Hudson and Al Leiter.
Dudes led the way as Boston became the first team this season to lay a 5-spot on Gerrit Cole:
These teams split a four-game series back around the first week of June. Houston took the first two before Boston recovered to make it a wash.
There won't be any wash this time, but there doesn't have to be. Boston wouldn't mind returning back to deep-autumn evenings in Massachusetts. They're gonna need Astro-like consistency to do it.