With the Astros trailing the Red Sox by two runs in the bottom of the first inning, Jose Altuve hit a ball that wound up over the wall in right field, tying the game. Boston is a flawless 5-0 in road games this postseason, with two wins in NY in the ALDS and three in Houston in the ALCS.
Most everything went right for the Red Sox as they sailed into the World Series. Boston went 5-0 on the road while closing down the Yankee and dismissing the defending champion Astros, displaying the sort of steel that recent Red Sox teams seemed to lack.
"They were very - for two years very disappointed the Indians and the Astros and they didn't play well in October".
The Houston Astros fan now rooting hardest for his team to make the World Series? He came through the next night with a go-ahead blast in the sixth inning of Game 4 and swung momentum in Boston's favor once again. He joins Mickey Mantle, Andruw Jones and Miguel Cabrera as the only players in major league history to have nine or more RBIs in the playoffs at age 21 or younger.
The only real problem the Red Sox have had in this postseason is Craig Kimbrel, their normally dominant closer.
And that, as it turns out, was a flawless description of Bregman, the face of the Astros this fall, in the stunned and sullen aftermath of their Game 5 loss to the Red Sox at Minute Maid Park on Thursday night, the one that sent them packing for the season and sent the Red Sox to the World Series: still brash, still cocky, still unable to fathom the end of the Astros' hopes of defending their 2017 title.
"It's special in every aspect", Cora said.
With the Astros' season finished, those amusing fans can relive their hijinks online while the Sox faithful cheer on their team in the Series.
On his 43rd birthday, at the expense of the club he won a title with a year ago and in his first season as a big league manager, Alex Cora is going back to the Fall Classic. Pitching is great to have and the Astros had all kinds of it this season, but Boston's hitting beat the Astros pitching smacking five home runs and 13 extra-base hits in the final four games to close out the series.
Martinez reached the World Series by beating the team that released him during spring training four years ago.
Price was warming in the bullpen as Game 4 ended, perhaps jeopardizing his readiness for Thursday. After the Astros bounced back and gave him a 4-2 lead to in the third inning, Cole immediately allowed Boston to jump back on top. The team that wins Game 1 will have the advantage. And they were getting outs before they were giving up runs. When Bregman launched an opposite field drive and Betts made a flying catch to prevent a home run, fans in the outfield look like they had just been ordered to surrender by police. The Red Sox wouldn't have got here without him, and they certainly couldn't celebrate without him. He gave up no hits, walked one, and struck out two. Since being put first in the lineup, Bregman, one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball, went 0-9.