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MLB Playoffs: Red Sox is a win away from the World Series because good hitting beats good pitching



HOUSTON – As the old cliché says, good pitching beats well and vice versa. On Wednesday night, the Boston Red Sox pushed the Houston Astros to the brink of elimination with an 8-6 victory in Game 4 of the ALCS at Minute Maid Park. The Red Sox lead the best-of-seven series 3-1 and will decide in Thursday's game 5 for the American League pennant.

As in Games 2 and 3, the BoSox won the Game 4 by wearing what was an overwhelming dominant Astros Pitching Staff during the regular season. Houston only allowed 3.31

runs per game during the regular season, easily the lowest rate in baseball. Meanwhile, the Red Sox scored 5.41 runs per game, the best in baseball.

The best baseball team fought a varied offensive attack over eight runs against the best pitching team in baseball. They shot at singles, scored home runs, and made walks on bases. The big hit, of course, was Jackie Bradley Jr.'s start-finish run in the sixth inning.

Bradley drove so far in nine runs in the four ALCS games. He had a Green-Green in Game 2, an Insurance Grand Slam in the UK, and two Run-Homes in Game 4. Bradley is now 3 for 12 with a double, two homers and three treks in the ALCS. When he gets hot, he can be as good as any baseball player, and now he's hot.

Not only Bradley is offensively groundbreaking. Andrew Benintendi had two doubles in Game 4. Xander Bogaerts had two hits including a game binding single. Rafael Devers, whom I can not imagine, will face Eduardo Nunez again in the near future. He had a two-run single to break the ice in the first inning. Every Red Sox starter has reached the base at least once. The Red Sox sent 46 battles on the plate and 20 reached base, or 43.5 percent.

The Red Sox defeated in nine innings in Game 4 and were held goalless only three times, and it would only have been twice if Josh Reddick had not made a big dive to finish the ninth inning with the bases. Boston's most impressive inning could have been seventh as they worked Astros ace setup man Ryan Pressly and starter-turned Lance McCullers Jr. for 32 pitches and one insurance run. The Inning Summary:

  • Andrew Benintendi: First place from center to center.
  • J.D. Martinez: Single in the middle in a 2-2 count.
  • Xander Bogaerts: Six-pitch Walk. He took four evil-breaking balls directly under the ball zone.
  • Rafael Devers: Grounder to shorten in a 2-2 count. It was a custom-made 6-3 double, but Carlos Correa did not step on second base. His foot missed the bag by an inch or two.
  • Steve Pearce: Six-pitch Walk to Load the Bases.
  • Brock Holt: Five-pitch Walk to Force in One Run. [19659008MitchMoreland: Inning-ending grounder to the first in a 2-1 count

The Correa Missspiel was a present for the Red Sox. It was a perfect 6-3 inning-end double-ball and Correa turned it around, he only missed the bag with his foot. The Red Sox got an extra-out and they followed with two walks to make a run. The seventh inning was only the seventh time throughout the season when the Astros went up to three batters in an inning.

In the ALCS games 2-4, the Red Sox scored seven, eight and eight runs, respectively. Never once during the regular season did the Astros allow more than seven runs in three consecutive games. Only three times they allowed at least seven runs in two consecutive games. That's awesome. The Red Sox have now done it to them in three straight ALCS games.

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The Red Sox were able to solve Astros pitching in the ALCS.
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In the regular season, you will not make 876 runs without a deep attack. Do not get me wrong, since two MVP caliber producers in Mookie Betts and Martinez are helping, but two men are not making a lineup. And besides, Betts and Martinez do not yet have the dominant MVP caliber game in ALCS. It's the Bogaerts, Bradleys, and Deverses that work.

Over the past few days, the Red Sox have beaten everyone from Cy Young's nominee Gerrit Cole to former Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel to former All-Star pursuer Roberto Osuna. They hit good pitching – they hit big pitching – and they'll have to do it again because it's Justin Verlander's and Cole's turn to start games 5 and 6. So far, the Bostoners in the ALCS have shown their record good enough and varied enough to punish even the best pitch staff in the game.


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