Astros win a wild Game Two of ALCS
All of us Red Sox fans (or at least most of us and all of the respected ones) are rooting for the Astros in this ALCS, and we were rewarded with an incredible game with a wild inning. The first eight-and-a-half innings were all about Justin Verlander. The Astros new playoff ace, who Boston faced twice in the ALDS, was on another level on Saturday in Houston. He tossed nine innings in which he struck out 13 batters with just one walk and allowed just one run against New York’s powerful lineup. It was one of those starts that only Verlander could complete, with 124 pitches and no dropoff in stuff at any point in the outing. Then, in the ninth of a 1-1 game, Jose Altuve reached on a single before Carlos Correa — who hit a solo home run to give Houston their only run of the game to that point — smacked a double. Altuve kept running on what looked like an awful send home, but Didi Gregorius’ throw to the plate wasn’t strong and Gary Sanchez couldn’t handle a relatively easy plate. Altuve got in safely and Houston walked it off.
The Red Sox — particularly the fans — don’t want to deal with a World Series that involves the Yankees, so Houston taking a 2-0 lead is a really nice development. Of course, this happened in the ALDS as well so we all know it’s not over yet.
Dodgers take Game One of the NLCS
Over in the NLCS, I’m not sure there’s as much of a consensus among Red Sox fans, but I can tell you I am rooting for the Dodgers and you should feel bad if you are not. Los Angeles took the first game of the series on Saturday night in a game that was defined by the bullpens. Both Clayton Kershaw and Jose Quintana — the teams’ respective starters — allowed a couple runs in five innings, then the two sides separated. The Dodgers would score three runs off Chicago’s bullpen while the Cubs couldn’t do anything on offense against Los Angeles’. More than anything, it was just another reminder that bullpens rule the postseason. Unless you have Justin Verlander.