Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox Game Two

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The Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros will clash in Game 1 of their MLB Playoffs 2017 Division Series on Thursday. The Houston Astros face off against the Boston Red Sox. "You do like the fact of a veteran presence, guys that have been in a postseason, guys who seemingly will pitch with more emotional control, or control the running game, or executing a pitch in a key moment, that has maybe a tendency to shine through a little more". But I can see the Astros offense pummeling Red Sox starting pitching.

Will Harris takes over on the mound for the Astros. The Astros get off to a hot start, scoring early off of Pomeranz.

Sale didn't leave his replacement pitcher in the best situation and while Joe Kelly did his best to get out of things, two more runs came home for the Astros to put them up 7-5.

So how does the optimist find anything of promise in what lies ahead for the Red Sox during this postseason? He connected again in the seventh off reliever Austin Maddox to give Houston a quick boost in the best-of-five series.

The first two home runs came off Sale did enough to turn the 43,102 who filled the stadium giddy, especially as both snuck just above the C&D Scrap Metal sign in left-center field.

"He's not the kind of hitter that's gonna hit three homers in a game, but he did it today", Gonzalez said. Incredible day for the MVP candidate.

With the three homers, Altuve also became just the ninth player in the history of baseball to accomplish the feat. Astros lead Red Sox, 8-2.

However, when Houston acquired right-hander Justin Verlander on August 31, Keuchel was forced to surrender his position fronting the rotation to the 2011 American League MVP and Cy Young Award victor. After another home run from Altuve in the fifth padded their lead, they chased Sale by opening the sixth with a double and a walk. It was just the second time in his eight-year career that the potential Cy Young Award victor had given up six extra-base hits.

Astros right-hander Justin Verlander finished with two runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts in six innings.

The aces spent several years together in the AL Central — Sale with the White Sox, Verlander with the Tigers — and started against each other five times. The Sox evened the score with another run in the fourth thanks to a pair of hits and a sacrifice fly from Rafael Devers. Tie ballgame at 2-2.

The Red Sox got a double from Hanley Ramirez, but couldn't bring him home. Eduardo Nunez acquired midseason by the Red Sox is versatile as he can play nearly anywhere in the infield, but he too has been nagged by a sprained right knee ligament. After all, we won it in 2016 and we still got trounced by the Cleveland Indians in the first round, without making a whimper of resistance. The left-hander was tagged for nine hits and matched a season high for most runs allowed.

By then, Sale was long gone, taking one of the worst starts of his career with him in the first postseason appearance of his career. There were some rough patches that the team had to go through but they were able to masterfully navigate to still eventually win 101 games on the season. Bauer shook off a slow start and went 17-9 with a 4.19 ERA in 31 starts this year. His performance in Game 1 won't affect his chances, but it did add to what's been a brilliant year.

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