Red Sox Even Series

Jackie Bradley is not noted for his bat. His major league career batting average is .236. There has only been one season in which he has hit over .250 and slugged more than 20 homeruns and that was in 2016. The Red Sox rely on him for his defense.

Last night his bat came up clutch with a bases clearing three run double in the third inning that gave the Red Sox a 5-4 lead. They went on to win the game 7-5. He is the winner of myworld’s most unlikely hero.

David Price went on to have another ineffective outing giving up four runs in his 4.2 innings of work. He walked four and coughed up five hits. Marwin Gonzalez tagged him for a two run shot in the third inning. He has yet to win a playoff start, but this is the first time his team has won in a playoff game he started. Because he pitched only 4.2 innings he was not eligible to take the win.

Gerritt Cole lasted six innings but he was assaulted by the Red Sox bats, allowing five runs on six hits. Lance MuCullers allowed a run to the Red Sox in the seventh without allowing a hit. He walked Mookie Betts, who then advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on back to back passed balls that squirted behind Astros catcher Martin Maldanado.

Rick Porcello again pitched an inning of shutout ball in an eighth inning setup role. Craig Kimbrel came on to make Red Sox fans sweat, giving up a George Springer double and a Jose Altuve RBI single to put the tying run at the plate in Alex Bregman with two out. Bregman hit a high pop that carried to the edge of the green monster, but was caught a foot in front of the wall to end the game. Kimbrel is 4 for 4 in playoff save opportunities, but he has yet to retire the side in order in those playoff appearances.

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