In game three of the ALCS last night, the Boston Red Sox overpowered the Houston Astros on the back of another solid pitching performance by Nathan Eovaldi and a Jackie Bradley Jr. 8th inning grand slam.
The game was tightly contested throughout. The Sox jumped on Astro’s starter Dallas Kuechel early, grabbing two runs in the first inning. Houston came back in the bottom of the first to put up one run, but other than that Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi pitched great once again. He went 6 innings, giving up two runs (one of which was a result of a bad defensive play at third), while striking out 4.
After Eovaldi’s exit the Sox bullpen once again did its job. Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier pitched scoreless frames, helping secure the 3-2 lead the Red Sox held at the time, which came courtesy of a Steve Pearce bomb.
The Astro’s bullpen on the other hand, blew this game wide open. Trade deadline addition Robert Osuna gave up 5 runs in the eighth inning, four of which came from the JBJ grand slam I already talked about. From there it was smooth sailing as the Sox won 8-2, securing the 2-1 series lead.
Tonight at Minute Maid Park Boston’s Rick Porcello will be matched up with Charlie Morton as Houston tries to avoid a 3-1 series deficit.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)
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