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ALCS Game Two Reaction Podcast

Grand slams and unlimited warm-up pitches stole the show

Championship Series - Boston Red Sox v Houston Astros - Game Two Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Welcome back to the Over the Monster Podcast network, where we are recapping each game of the postseason immediately after they happen (except for this one, recorded on Sunday evening). For this semi-immediate reaction show after the Game Two win in Houston on Saturday, it’s Matt and Bob recapping the game and looking forward to Game Three.

We start, of course, with the unprecedented two grand slams in the first two innings of the game. The Red Sox approach at the plate, combined with facing a pitching staff that was some combination of ineffective, injured, and unprepared, gave them an eight-run cushion through two innings. Enrique Hernandez’s solo shot made it 9-0 in the fourth, and Nate Eovaldi took it from there. He pitched five or more innings for the third time this postseason, followed by Adam Ottavino, Garrett Whitlock, Darwinzon Hernandez, and Ryan Brasier. All but Hernandez were effective, and we wonder in what scenario would we see him again this series. Cora was aggressive with his bullpen, throwing Whitlock two innings, and going to Brasier as soon as the lead was cut to four in the ninth inning.

Matt and Bob finished up looking ahead to the three games at Fenway, specifically Game Three which will see Eduardo Rodriguez and Jose Urquidy facing off.

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