ALDS: Deja Vu in Astros, Sox Game Two
One day after the Houston Astros absolutely dominated in the opening game of their American League Divisional Series with the Boston Red Sox, well, they pretty much did it all over again. Game two followed an eerily similar path as game one. A couple of runs in the first inning came off yet another Astros ALDS homer, this time courtesy of Carlos Correa. Jackie Bradley Jr. answered back by singling home a run in the top of the second. That 2-1 score was simply foreshadowing the events that followed.
George Springer added to the Astros homer clinic with a solo shot in the third. Jose Altuve also continued his postseason run production with an RBI single of his own to cap off the two run inning for the AL West champs.
Yes, the Astros offense jumped all over the Red Sox in the third and with Boston already down 1-0 in the series, the last thing they wanted to see was 4-1 on the game two scoreboard. With his back against the wall, Sox manager John Farrell thought it best to pull his starter, Drew Pomeranz, before he could record an out in the inning.
Pomeranz ended his 2017 postseason debut with a line that read 2 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 1 SO, 1 BB. Farrell opted to bring in Carson Smith from the pen who would subsequently walk his first two batters, some guys just lose their touch in October, before getting Josh Reddick to line out. Interestingly enough, that was it for Smith and David Price came into replace him. Price did his best to right the ship and he sent the next two Astros hitters back to the dugout with no damage done.
Price would toss two more shutout innings in his best attempt to keep the Sox alive. Farrell decided he had seen enough from the veteran and opted to trot out 24 year old Eduardo Rodriguez to start the sixth. Sadly, it all went downhill from there.
Rodriguez gave up a single to Marwin Gonzalez and then hit Brian McCann before he left with an apparent injury. Addison Reed then entered the game and didn’t fare well in his own right. Correa and Evan Gattis would both do a little more damage and before we knew it, the Sox had allowed another eight run ballgame.
The Red Sox would use two more pitchers who, thankfully for their sake, would shut the Astros down. They also curiously used Craig Kimbrel late in the blowout which, for the life of me, I can’t justify.
With a comfortable 2-0 series lead, the Astros have the luxury of resting some key arms and leaning on their offense to finish off the AL East champs. Given the pure dominance of the Astros and the early usage of the Red Sox four best pitchers, I’d say the odds aren’t in Boston’s favor. However, this is October and we have seen crazier things. Game three is on Sunday at 2:30 as the Red Sox look to turn things around at Fenway.