ALCS: Red Sox Rock Astros in Game Three, 8-2
Boston, MA - The Boston Red Sox made an absolute statement in the third game of the ALCS by clobbering the Houston Astros by a score of 8-2. With the series tied 1-1, this game was absolutely destined to be a turning point either way for the series. And now, with a 2-1 lead in the ALCS, the Red Sox have now guaranteed that they will, at the very least, be returning to Fenway Park at some point.
The game got off to a quick start thanks to base hits from Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi. J.D. Martinez, in the first inning, came up to bat and immediately socked a double to score Betts. Following this, Xander Bogaerts engaged in a sacrifice grounder to score Benintendi and Boston took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the first against the Astros and Dallas Keuchel.
Houston got on the board quickly thanks to Marwin Gonzalez, but Nathan Eovaldi held down the fort nicely, only allowing one more run to Houston, courtesy of an Alex Bregman double.
The Astros would not score again as Boston's Steve Pearce immediately retaliated against Bregman's double with a monster home run to left field.
In the top of the eighth inning, with the bases loaded, pinch hitter Mitch Moreland was hit by a pitch to score Pearce. But this was a moment quickly overlooked by Jackie Bradley, Jr., who once again became a post-season hero by slapping a grand slam to right field to score Rafael Devers, Brock Holt, and Sandy Leon. The few Boston fans in attendance in Houston were ecstatic as the grand slam basically slammed the door on a Houston team that was unable to hit Boston's suddenly high caliber bullpen.
The grand slam moment was a thrilling one that will live on in Boston post-season lore, regardless of the outcome of the rest of the series. Bradley's seven RBIs in the series now all come with the bases loaded and two outs. Can you say clutch?
There is a quick turnaround now as Boston and Houston will play Game Four tonight and Rick Porcello will be Boston's starting pitcher in a must-win game for the Astros.