On Thursday night, the Boston Red defeated the Houston Astros 4-1 to punch their ticket to the World Series for the first time since 2013. They have won the last 3 times they were in the World Series in 2004, 2007, and 2013. they will take on the winner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers.
David Price has not been great in the playoffs throughout his career. Last night he picked up his first ever post-season win and did exactly what was needed of him. He was working on three days of rest and went 6 IP giving up 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, and 9 strikeouts.
“As always with David, it’s command,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “Regardless if it’s three days’ rest, four or 10, It’s about command.”
J.D. Martinez got things started for the Red Sox in the 3rd inning with a moonshot to left field off of his former teammate Justin Verlander to put the Red Sox out in front 1-0. Then in the 6th inning, Rafael Devers delivered the deciding blow with a 3-run homer to extend the lead to 4-0.
Super utility man Marwin Gonzalez had a solo shot to cut the lead to 4-1 but that was all of the damage they were able to do.
After a fan interference ruling that robbed José Altuve of a 2-run home run in Game 4, Mookie Betts had a chance of redemption against Alex Bregman right field shot in the 6th inning. Betts made an unbelievable grab to rob Bregman of a home run.
Craig Kimbrel came in to close for the Red Sox and finally looked like his old self after struggling inches previous four outings this post-season striking out 2 with 1 walk.
Jackie Bradley Jr. was named the ALCS MVP due to his several big hits in the series like his grand slam in Game 3 or his go ahead 2-run homer in Game 2. he finished the series 3-15 with 9 RBI. Not much production but his 3 hits came in big moments.
Game 1 is slated to be in Fenway Park on Tuesday October 23 as the Red Sox await their matchup between the Dodgers and Brewers.