The Red Sox got out of the inning safely, and entered the ninth down just 3-2.
West, with the reaction time of continental drift, made practically no effort to dodge the baseball and ultimately just kind of leaned into it.
Judged exclusively by the early innings of the boxscore from Saturday's opener of the best-of-seven ALCS, the game unfolded pretty much as billed.
"No, no, none of the above", Cora said.
I'm not going to sit here and say it was the right call, but as we've seen in years past, leaving the game up to the umps or refs is the last thing you want to do. Overall, I think Sox pitchers gave too much respect to the Astros potent lineup.
While the New England Patriots welcome the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs to Gillette Stadium for "Sunday Night Football", the Boston Red Sox will be trying to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole in their American League Championship Series tilt with the Houston Astros.
Vazquez will start in place of Sandy Leon. With Jackie Bradley Jr. dancing on third base, Verlander put a 1-2 curveball in the dirt and past catcher Martin Maldonado, allowing the runners to advance and tying the game 2-2.
Boston scored two runs in the bottom of the first, but Houston stormed back to tie the game on a two-run double by George Springer. He has allowed only nine hits in his past four postseason starts, matching Don Larsen (1955-57) as the only pitchers to allow nine hits over a span of four-postseason starts, according to STATS.
When the Astros opened the scoring in the second with a pair of runs off Sale, the rally started with two outs and went like this: Walk, walk, hit by pitch, walk, single. Benintendi didn't take the lumber off his shoulder for ONE pitch of that fifth-inning at-bat, which was Boston's golden opportunity to shift the momentum in Game 1. "We've got D.P. on the mound and we got a bunch of guys in here that are fired up over tonight. This is the time when we kick in gear and start fighting". Full of walks, hit batters, errors, dodgy umpiring and long stretches of inaction, Saturday night's series opener won't find its way onto many highlight reels. A brief staredown ensued between Bregman and Kelly, though whether the hit by pitch was intentional was clouded by the appearance of the Red Sox' trainer immediately after.
Price, 16-7 in this year's regular season, has two postseason wins in relief in his career.