Red Sox hope their rituals will carry them through World Series

20 October, 2018, 08:55 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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The Red Sox took full command in the sixth.

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa watches as the Boston Red Sox celebrate after winning the baseball American League Championship Series on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Houston.

The Red Sox will now play either the Milwaukee Brewers or Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. The Dodgers hold a 3-2 lead in the NLCS going into Game 6 on Friday night at Miller Park. On only three days of rest, Price simply dominated in the most-difficult circumstances he's faced in years. In his 12th try, the 33-year-old finally conquered his October demon, to win his first career postseason start. Price's fastball/changeup combination was what kept the Astros lineup from scoring a run during his outing.

Bradley Jr.'s monumental home runs deserve the attention, but fans also can't forget the three-run double in Game 2 that turned a two-run deficit into a one-run lead.

Correa got better late in the series and had three hits in Game 4 but admitted before the series that his back hurt so bad sometimes that it was hard to walk.

Immediately after, David Price, who earned his own bit of redemption in the Red Sox's 4-1 win, could be seen yelling from the dugout, "Post that!" a clear reference to Bregman's trolling.

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J.D. Martinez homered off Justin Verlander in the third, a solo shot off a hanging breaking ball.

Martinez was batting with one out in a scoreless game and had an 0-2 count. "It was good to see him back on the mound and pushing himself to be available, but I think it is too soon to talk about roster decisions". He's nearly a part of them, but he's not, and it's just natural for him. In four save situations, two against NY and two against Houston, Kimbrel allowed runs in each of them. Based on the camera angle, it was about to be 4-3 and Reddick just crushed an upper deck homer.

Like a good Belichick team, the Red Sox are enjoying success in every phase of the game.

All nine of Bradley's RBI came with two outs. The team scored three runs or less eight times and four or less 11 times in 19 starts. The upshot is that Caldwell may have cost his team a two-run home run in an American League finals game the Astros ended up losing by, yes, two runs. His six swings and misses matched his lowest total of the year. It was a postseason that included the growing legend of playoff George Springer, one-legged Jose Altuve and the return of Mar-win Gonzales. Price had a career 5.42 postseason ERA and Kimbrel had allowed runs in all four appearances this postseason.

What the ump says: "Here's the whole play", says Joe West. Game 1 at Fenway Park is on Tuesday, Oct. 23 and will be televised on Fox.

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