There was no indication of any suspicious activity during Game 3 in Houston on Tuesday night, but the Red Sox were careful to change their pitch-calling signs throughout the night - something Manager Alex Cora said is fairly standard for the Red Sox. He beat the Yankees in the Division Series opener and pitched one inning of relief in Game 4 as the Red Sox won the best-of-five series.
Whatever the Houston Astros were trying to do at Fenway Park during Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday night, they got caught. With Jackie Bradley Jr. dancing on third base, Verlander put a 1-2 curveball in the dirt and past catcher Martin Maldonado, allowing the runners to advance and tying the game 2-2. It's a tall order that Houston must take one game at a time, beginning Thursday. But he stayed healthy last night, as did Kyrie Irving, who missed last year's playoffs with injury, and the Celtics cruised to a 105-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers as Jayson Tatum poured in 23 points to lead all Boston scorers.
Red Sox: Boston has stolen all the momentum back from the defending world champion after a dominant Game 3 performance, but it's now a question of whether or not it can hang onto win two more games in this series still in Houston.
"I'm aware of something going on, but I haven't been briefed", Hinch said.
"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".
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Boston got some insurance in the seventh when Lance McCullers walked in a run after taking over for Ryan Pressly with the bases loaded and two outs. J.D. Martinez padded the lead further with an RBI single in the eighth. The shortstop's second run-scoring hit came against Joe Kelly in the fifth, driving home Yuli Gurriel and lifting the Astros to a 5-4 lead.
Bradley had caught the ire of many Red Sox fans while batting.210 during the first half of the season. Kimbrel gave up hits to the first three batters he faced. "Might have found a new thing for me to do the day before I pitch", Price said.
The middle 3: Tuesday marked the start of what could be a pair of three-game stretches in the postseason for the Red Sox. Mookie Betts leaped and was interfered with by fans in the stands, so Altuve was called out instead. "Actually, he's been great against lefties and righties and he's really been great at first base".
The Indians entered the series concerned the Astros, who have been suspected of cheating in the past, had stolen some signs or had other useful information about them, one person said.
Game 4 was filled with unbelievable plays and clutch performances. Pearce's legs crashed into a bench but he didn't hit his head. The Astros have a lot of faith in Verlander, and after Charlie Morton only went 2.1 innings in Game 4, Houston doesn't want to rely on a exhausted bullpen. Verlander and the Astros will feel the pressure and find a way to get it done, sending the series back to Boston.
Astros: The Astros are going to have play like Game 4 is a win-or-go-home game because if they fall to a 3-1 hole, it's more than likely over for them.