Silverman: Series-bound Sox proving record was no fluke

19 October, 2018, 17:25 | Author: Judy Cobb
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The Red Sox's 4-1 win Thursday night was a departure for this year's ALCS; no other game had seen fewer than nine runs.

The Boston Red Sox celebrate defeating the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series to advance to the 2018 World Series.

Bradley's three-RBI double in Game 2 propelled the Red Sox into the lead. Or maybe that runner scores, but still, the game goes on.

The Red Sox have retained this approach all season; they have maintained focus and toughness and maximized their talent base. The 18 years without a repeat victor is the longest streak in MLB history and ties the longest ever for the four major North American team sports leagues. Therefore, it is the Yankees' most bitter foe going to the World Series.

"There's nobody on this team that I can think of in baseball that deserves it more than Jackie", Price said. That was very, very special, absolutely. In Thursday night's Game 5, he used it for 39 of his 93 pitches - 41.9% - and got 12 whiffs on changeups, a season high.

Price, with his record of futility - winless in 11 starts - as a postseason starter, looked like he would be a cross between roadkill and sacrificial lamb considering the steep odds against him and the team before the game started.

Verlander, who starred for Houston last postseason after being acquired on August 31, yielded seven hits and four runs in six innings for his second playoff loss with the Astros. David Price won his first postseason start, and J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers added home runs for Boston. He had good life and hop on his fastball, frequently reaching the mid-90's and then had knee-buckling change-up he could spot seemingly at will. He spun six shutout innings, limiting the Astros to three hits while walking none and striking out nine on 93 pitches. I said it past year: Playoffs, it's flip a coin sometimes. "But it's one of the things where I'm past it, and I'm here because of my struggles and because of my pain that I went through there", he said. The Red Sox won the series. Although Marwin Gonzalez answered with a long ball of his own in the bottom of the seventh that made it a 4-1 game, Houston never got any closer.

"The American League goes through us", said Houston's hurler at the club's West Palm Beach complex.

"This team was better than last year's team, I believe", Bregman said. "It's one of those things you get put on this stage, it's a bigger platform". He's taking the Boston Red Sox back to the World Series. "It's the Red Sox's 14th pennant in franchise history".

"It hasn't sunk in yet honestly", said Benintendi.

After throwing up two more scoreless frames to start Thursday's contest against the Red Sox, Verlander finally yielded a run in the third inning. "Do I think the better baseball team won?"

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