When Gonzalez crushed a two-out, two-run, third-inning homer off Price - well over the Green Monster, estimated at 397 feet - to give the visitors a 4-2 edge, Red Sox Nation had every reason in the world to think it would be another long night, one that would put their favored club in a daunting 0-2 hole with the series headed to Houston.
Fans from both teams aren't happy, though the mistake did end up helping the Red Sox.
Josh Reddick and Yuli Gurriel added insurance in the ninth with home runs off Brandon Workman. "So for him to tell me before we even took our jerseys off to put on our postseason shirts that we get when we win, that was special". Sale gave up two runs, one hit, four walks and a hit batter, and his average fastball velocity of 92 miles per hour was down 3 miles per hour from the Division Series.
The Red Sox got out of the inning safely, and entered the ninth down just 3-2. Compared to the 2016 ALCS Game 1, the viewership was up 42% vs. 2016 with double-digit growth across all key demos.
The game, which the Astros trampled the Red Sox 7-2, averaged 5,821,000 viewers. In between innings, Boston manager Alex Cora was ejected by Hoye for arguing.More news: Air India Express flight makes emergency landing in Mumbai
After J.D. Martinez lined out to second base, Xander Bogaerts tapped one back to the mound but Cole airmailed the throw to first, allowing Benintendi to take third and Bogaerts to scamper to second.
Cora is betting that Price is too good a pitcher to continuously flop in the playoffs, that eventually he will break through and justify his confidence. They have pitching, hitting and defense in spades. But it did, and now I've seen that happen, and if, thousands more baseball games down the road, I see it happen again, I'll be able to say, "yes, I actually have seen that one before".
The vaunted Verlander focus certainly wasn't sidetracked by the 108-win Red Sox and the sellout crowd at Fenway. It was the first extra-base hit of the game and extended the Astros post-season homer streak to 13 games in a row, matching an American League record. "If you're not kind of at your peak interest level at playing the game then something's wrong with you". "I just went out there and lost it for a little bit". This is such a good opportunity for these guys to showcase against the best teams and on the biggest stage and in front of millions and millions of people.
"Right away we'll know because of the location", Cora said. The Astros are an incredibly confident bunch and it got a nice start from their ace. If Sale gets another start, he'll need to be noticeably better than he was on Saturday.
How about David Price.