Alex Cora ejected for arguing bad strike call on Benintendi

There’s video evidence that Luis Severino was tipping his pitches in the playoffs — and well before then

Third baseman Eduardo Nunez was surprised Cora got ejected, but said it was a huge turning point in the game.

West, with the reaction time of continental drift, made practically no effort to dodge the baseball and ultimately just kind of leaned into it. You walk 10 and hit three more, you're not going to win many games. "It's ball four, bases loaded", Cora said. After Verlander exited with a pitch count at 90, the ultra-deep Houston bullpen took over with Ryan Pressly tossing a scoreless seventh followed by Lance McCullers Jr. dealing up a one-two-three eighth.

West, while manning second base in Game 1 of the playoff series between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros at Fenway Park, was drilled in the shoulder by an errant throw from Boston catcher Christian Vasquez.

He wasn't wrong as the Red Sox had next to no offence (just three hits), were sloppy defensively (sound familiar, Jays fans?) and saw pitchers combined to allow 10 walks and hit three batters.

It's hard to say that Game 1 in a best-of-seven series is a must-win yet it sure feels like the Boston Red Sox are letting the ALCS slip away by losing the opener in their own ballpark.

Vazquez will start in place of Sandy Leon.

Then with two outs in the top of the third inning, Marwin Gonzalez launched a two-run blast over the Green Monster in left field to give the Astros a 4-2 lead.

"But you can't argue balls and strikes", he said. Houston only had five hits. Reddick and Gurriel homered off Brandon Workman. He has allowed only nine hits in his past four postseason starts, matching Don Larsen (1955-57) as the only pitchers to allow nine hits over a span of four-postseason starts, according to STATS. Sale gave up two runs, one hit, four walks and a hit batter, and his average fastball velocity of 92 miles per hour was down 3 miles per hour from the Division Series. The hit-by-pitches, actually Joe (Kelly), the 1-2 to (Alex) Bregman was a close pitch and we have to get him off the plate.

"I still like our chances", he said.

Where do we start?

Our promised Chris Sale-Justin Verlander duel fizzled out right from the start.

Price, 16-7 in this year's regular season, has two postseason wins in relief in his career. "Haven't been successful the way that I know I can be and will be, but I look forward to getting out there tomorrow".

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