Eovaldi, Cora don't care about Bregman's troll tactics

Mae Harvey
October 16, 2018

The left-hander allowed two runs on one hit in four innings of work, but walked four and hit a batter. The Red Sox, who have spent a lot of bullpen energy in the first two games, will have some decisions to make on who will start and how they will manage the pen going forward. Price then pitched a flawless fourth, and nearly got through the fifth. "Obviously there's fun banter".

Sunday's was a unusual game that featured nine runs and all sorts of drives launched off, over and beyond the classic green fences at Fenway in the first three innings, but not so much as another hit on either side until the bottom of the eighth.

The question mark, as it has been since he allowed 16 runs in 23 1/3 October innings in 2015, was Price.

Cole walked Devers on four pitches to load the bases and struck out Ian Kinsler on three pitches before Bradley lofted one down the left-field line and off the Monster.

"I still have a job to do", he said, according to Eddie Matz of ESPN.

Mookie Betts scored on Benintendi's hit and also scored an insurance run in the seventh on the second passed ball of the inning by catcher Martin Maldonado. It was an encouraging sign that at the very least means we won't have to be terrified of a scenario in which Price may be asked to start another must-win game. I'll start. I'll come out of the 'pen. He's played a couple of balls off this wall nearly like a home player.

But Boston, which won the AL East and a franchise-record 108 games, came back in the bottom half, starting with Xander Bogaerts' one-out single and then a double by Steve Pearce that sent Gonzalez crashing back-first into the metal scoreboard on the left-field wall. Probably when I was playing I would be like, here we go, like whatever.

The Astros offense has no quit in it, and given the affordable price in them in Game 3, it triggers a bet.

Matt Barnes followed Price by getting the next four outs.

The Red Sox said Game 1 starter Chris Sale was hospitalized with a stomach illness but Cora said he was still hoping the he would join the team in Houston. Boston said it planned to wait until he rejoins the team in Houston before deciding when the lanky lefty will get back on the mound. I know he's, what we call grinding and battling and doing everything that he can. "The guys just keep coming at you and there's so many different ways we can win a ball game".

A week later, Cora has no hard feelings about Judge's gesture, or the more recent one from Bregman.

Dallas Keuchel, who was 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA in the regular season, will start Game 3 for Houston.

Through their first four playoff games this fall, the Astros outscored their opponents 28-8, a run that included a dominant three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS. Eovaldi didn't seem bothered by the video, saying he doesn't have social media, and Cora dismissed the idea that the post will give the Red Sox any added push.

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