Red Sox catcher plunks umpire Joe West with errant throw to second

Red Sox catcher plunks umpire Joe West with errant throw to second

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora has shuffled his lineup for Game 2 against the Houston Astros, putting infielders Ian Kinsler and Rafael Devers and catcher Christian Vazquez in the starting lineup. The game-time temperature was 53 degrees and Price allowed two runs in eight innings.

"I guess Verlander executed his pitch, and he called it a strike", Cora said.

Fans from both teams aren't happy, though the mistake did end up helping the Red Sox. It's ball four, bases loaded. You know they'll put it in play so you try to get a single instead of a double, or try to get a weak double instead of a homer.

Judged exclusively by the early innings of the boxscore from Saturday's opener of the best-of-seven ALCS, the game unfolded pretty much as billed.

"That inning I had kind of lost my feel a bit". That wasn't cool watching the game in the clubhouse. "I was trying to limit the damage and get out there as quick as we can". "But once that happens, then you've got to reset and not relinquish the lead". "And at least Andrew stayed in the game and he had a few more at-bats and he played left field while I was watching in my office".

It is a gamble on Cora's part, a determination to stick with the lefty to whom the Red Sox gave a seven-year, $217 million contract.

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora argues a strike three call with umpire Joe West during the fifth inning in Game 1 of a baseball American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Saturday Oct. 13 2018 in Boston

Sale, who took the mound without long sleeves on the chilly night, left after the fourth inning - his only 1-2-3 inning of the game - having thrown 86 pitches. "So it was a different game". What he did bring to the table was bushels of moxie and guile as he somehow, someway, survived four innings and allowed only two runs on one hit.

"I still like our chances", he said. We're not gonna hang our heads in the locker room. "This is the time when we kick in gear and start fighting".

Both starters - and in particular Sale - struggled at times with walks, errors and hit batsmen with what was certainly a weird four hour, three minute opening to the highly anticipated series. Price just doesn't win in the postseason.

"It's not that we're trying to hit him, but we have to let him know that we will pitch there because previous year, going into the playoffs that's one thing I told that group".

The vaunted Verlander focus certainly wasn't sidetracked by the 108-win Red Sox and the sellout crowd at Fenway.

Cole was 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA in the regular season.

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