ALCS 2: HOU vs. BOS — Evening up a well-matched series

Another game is now tied up as it heads back the other team’s home for the next few games of their series. Yes, both the ALCS and NLCS are all evened up in the series. The first team to win 4 games will advance to the World Series, so it’s interesting that both series are going to be rather tight.

Though if we’re looking at their history through the season, this makes sense as both series are pretty well-matched in wins, defense, hitting, and pitching. And that means it literally could be either team to advance to the World Series. It certainly makes it a more interesting postseason.

ALCS: Astros at Red Sox
Actually, the most interesting part of tonight’s matchup (at least to a nerd like me) is that the Red Sox’s insurance runs were actually unearned runs. To me, that reflects how rather evenly the Astros and Red Sox may actually be matched. It also shows how the Astros could improve (defensive errors). And it gave the Red Sox’s starter a little hope as it was the first postseason game he didn’t lose.

The Red Sox got things started early. A lead-off double in the 1st scored on a single. One out later, a throwing error and a walk loaded the bases, but a single only allowed one more run to score as the Astros stranded the rest of the runners. The Astros answered back in the 2nd with a 1-out single and double scoring on a 2-out double to tie up the game.

In the 3rd, a 1-out single scored as part of a 2-out 2-run home run to put the Astros in the lead. But the Red Sox loaded up the bases in the bottom of the 3rd and all 3 runners scored on a 2-out double to push them in a slim lead.

In the final third of the game, the Red Sox added a few more runs to delight their hometown crowd. In the 7th, the lead-off batter worked a walk, moved to 2nd on a strikeout, advanced to 3rd on a passed ball, and then scored on another passed ball (thus unearned). The lead-off single in the 8th moved to 2nd on a 2-out single and then scored on a double.

So, down to their last out in the 9th, the Astros doubled, moved to 3rd on a wild pitch, and then scored on a single before a fly out closed the door on their rally.

Final score: 7-5 Red Sox, series split 1-1

Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz are both old rivals and old friends, and now they both frequent broadcasts about baseball, especially in the postseason. Well, apparently, they made a bet when their former teams Yankees and Red Sox were playing against each other in the previous series — the loser would have to don the winner’s team uniform and get sprayed by a champagne shower. The Yankees lost, Rodriguez came out in full Red Sox regalia, and Ortiz sprayed as Rodriguez ripped open the jersey to reveal… a Yankees t-shirt and screamed “Yankees for life!”

Bet fulfilled, but once a Yankee…

Go Yankees!

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