Red Sox Postseason Push

Boston Red Sox's Chris Sale pitches during the first inning at the All Star Game Tuesday

Boston Red Sox's Chris Sale pitches during the first inning at the All Star Game Tuesday

Sale allowed seven runs on nine hits in five innings of work during game one.

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) hits a two-run home run during the first inning in game two of the 2017 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park.

Meanwhile, Chris Sale had a rough outing for the Boston Red Sox in the first game of the series.

"Bad time to suck", Sale said. The good news is that Sale will be available to start a potential Game 5, and maybe in relief for a potential Game 4-and he will know what to expect.

The Houston Astros had Dallas Kuechel on the rubber, who is an absolute monster at the Juicebox and the Red Sox has Drew Pomeranz going as they hoped he would shut down the Houston Astros lineup and send it to Boston tied. Among the stars for the Astros were Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve who each had home runs.

The Sox didn't do much in the sense of scoring, only able to score two runs in the entire game. He was 0-3 with a 5.03 ERA in four starts against the Diamondbacks overall.

A two-out intentional walk to Altuve, the major league batting champion this season, led to a two-run double by Correa.

The Red Sox have hit.227 with four extra-base hits, all doubles, in the first two games. Despite last year's success, Porcello has struggled this season and in prior playoff appearances, racking up an earned run average of 5.66 over seven postseason starts.

Nunez hit.321 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs in 38 games for Boston after being acquired from San Francisco in late July. In all honesty, it's hard to argue that the Cleveland Indians aren't still the team to beat in the AL, especially after coming back from an 8-3 deficit to take Game 2 of their series against the Yankees, a game in which their ace (and quite possibly this year's Cy Young winner) Corey Kluber lasted just 2.2 frames. Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the game live. Note: The Division Series is a best of five. Gonzalez said he had been preparing to pitch Monday at Wrigley Field until he was told Wednesday to get ready for Game 2. I don't see this start as too much to be concerned about, it was his first postseason start.

If the Indians win: They move on to the ALCS for the second straight year and sixth time in franchise history.

Jose Altuve had just arrived in the Astros dugout after launching his third home run of the game when George Springer grabbed his right biceps and examined it, as if searching for an explanation for his team-mate's extraordinary pop.

By the way, Brad Peacock will be the starter for the Houston Astros. They nearly did that in 2015, but the Royals came back to win Games 4 and 5. The Boston Red Sox still need to win Game 3 to make this game possible, but the team does offer refunds for games that don't take place.

"We've just got to hit", Ramirez said later. Jon Lester (13-8) starts for the defending World Series champions against Gio Gonzalez (15-9) and Washington after two-time Cy Young Award victor Max Scherzer was pushed back to Game 3 because of a tender hamstring.

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