Astros Face Elimination After Game 4 Loss

David J. Phillip | AP

David J. Phillip | AP

Roberto Osuna is pulled by manager AJ Hinch after a grand slam home run by Jackie Bradley Jr.in the eighth inning during Game Three of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 16, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

The cumulative effect of so many close calls seemingly favoring their opponent seems to be wearing thin on the Houston Astros. "The difference in that game literally was a couple inches".

Red Sox ace Chris Sale was still feeling weak and trying to regain lost weight after a stomach illness forced him to spend a night in the hospital after he started the AL Championship Series opener against the Astros. In the fifth, Correa stroked the second of his three hits of the night, scoring Yuli Gurriel, but in the sixth, Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. answered with a two-run homer to right. They play all depended on whether or not Betts was still in the field of play. Verlander pitched well against the Sox in Game 1, allowing 2 runs in 6.0 innings to pick up the win. To address those worries, the commissioner instituted a new prohibition on the use of certain in-stadium cameras, beefing up Major League Baseball security at games and monitoring video rooms.

"I don't like the implication that the Boston Red Sox were doing anything illegal", Dombrowski said, "and I don't think that the issue is actually closed from Major League Baseball, from what I've been advised from the commissioner's office, so there's a lot more steps that are attached to this".

In his ALDS start against the Indians, he went 5.1 innings and gave up two earned runs. Bregman was then hit, and George Springer doubled with one out. That advantage was short-lived.

Game 5: Thursday, Oct. 18: Red Sox at Astros, 7:09 p.m.

James had limited the Red Sox to one run after entering in relief of right-hander Charlie Morton with one out in the third inning. The flame-throwing James averaged 99.4 miles per hour over 23 fastballs.

I would not call Bradley's eighth-inning grand slam that turned a 4-2 Red Sox lead into an 8-2 no-doubter a redemptive moment, because I've never thought he needed redemption in the first place.

"I'm very proud of him, what he's done in the second part of the season and what he's done tonight and in this series", manager Alex Cora said of Bradley to reporters after the game. He keeps working on his craft, his swing. Center fielder George Springer almost made a leaping catch, but the ball glanced off his glove. "Now he hits the ball in the air".

The Red Sox had been warned before their series-opening game, the AP was told.

What if umpire Joe West and the mandarins at TBS hadn't assumed that Mookie Betts would have made a miraculous catch to rob Jose Altuve of a home run in the first? He started ALCS Game 1 against the Astros at Fenway, giving up two runs over four innings as he labored through 86 pitches, and it was the next day when he wound up hospitalized.

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