On Wednesday, Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters that Sale - who was initially slated to start Game 5 on Thursday - was still feeling weak and had lost weight from the stomach illness that hospitalized him on Sunday, according to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe.
The Red Sox and Astros have played in some tense games this ALCS, with plenty of controversy and incredible plays made on both sides, but Wednesday night's Game 4 was the most insane yet. Verlander pitched well against the Sox in Game 1, allowing 2 runs in 6.0 innings to pick up the win.
After the Indians lost the American League Division Series to the Astros in a three-game sweep last week, Cleveland said a man was seen with a cellphone standing by the photographer's pit at Progressive Field, the Indians' home park, October 8. In the bottom of the first, with a man on and a 2-0 deficit, hobbled Astros DH José Altuve lined a ball into the rightfield stands-almost. They put the game out of reach with a five-run eighth inning, featuring a Jackie Bradley Jr. grand slam, off loathed Astros reliever Roberto Osuna. Had the ball scooted past Benintendi, it easily could have scored three runs and won the game for Houston.
When the Red Sox are going like this - getting contributions from the entire batting order - they're nearly impossible to defeat, and if the trends keep going that way, Hinch and the Astros will soon see their hope of a World Series repeat disappear.
MLB Chief Communications Officer Pat Courtney acknowledged Saturday night's incident in an email on Tuesday afternoon, saying, "We are aware of the matter and it will be handled internally". He now has nine RBIs through four games. J.D. Martinez padded the lead further with an RBI single in the eighth.
Bradley had caught the ire of many Red Sox fans while batting.210 during the first half of the season. They definitely have a lineup that's capable of grinding through at-bats and making Houston work hard for every single out, and you pair that with their right-handed bullpen (Houston hit.246 against righties), the Sox have a serious chance to win this game. Bregman is hitting.467 in these playoffs and Springer leads the team with three home runs and seven runs batted in. Kimbrel gave up hits to the first three batters he faced.
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The Sox are hoping David Price can continue the trend of starters pitching out of relief during these games in Houston.
Unfortunately, Joe West ruled there was fan interference in Mookie Betts attempt to rob the shot and Altuve was ruled out rendering the Astros runless and with two out instead of a tied game with one out. "It's been relentless since March since we first saw them in spring training".
Meanwhile, the Astros will turn to ace Justin Verlander to keep them alive. I think there is a paranoia about what you are doing competitively to try to do your best. Pearce's legs crashed into a bench but he didn't hit his head.
Verlander is 6-1 with a 2.44 ERA in eight postseason appearances for the Astros.
Security at Fenway Park had been warned about the man, because of his similarly suspicious behavior during the Astros' ALDS win over the Cleveland Indians.