Chris Sale gets shelled in first ever playoff start

What fans can expect at Astros home playoff games

Bruce connected for a two-run homer in the fourth off Sonny Gray and added a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Their ballpark locomotive, which clangs merrily above left field after every big hit, has been rolling.

It wasn't all gloom during the Boston Red Sox batting practice Saturday at Fenway Park. The bad news for the Red Sox is that they're down 0-1 and will face Dallas Keuchel on Friday. "Now we know how it feels to be there", he said on Wednesday.

We will update with trends once they have been released. We can't do a whole lot of things that they can do, but we can do what we can do. Boston has a history of manager scapegoats, so anything is possible if the Red Sox get totally embarrassed in the series.

He might be the only one left who believes it. Carlos Correa would get off the races early for the Astros, hitting a two-run shot in the first inning. Who's his opponent? Former Astros pitcher Doug Fister who was plucked at mid-season. But it isn't working, and there's not much to say.

While Christian Vazquez, hitting.322 since August 1, is on the bench in favor of Sandy Leon, who helps Fister feel more comfortable, Farrell said Vazquez could replace him when Fister exits the game.

Is it possible to throw in the towel before you head back home?

The game: Faced with the unenviable task of scoring runs against Boston ace Chris Sale, the Astros quickly showed how hard it is for even an elite starter to shut down their league-best offense. Last season's came at the hands of the eventual AL champion Cleveland Indians.

A home loss to the Astros on Sunday would mark the second consecutive ALDS sweep for the Red Sox.

"One through nine, everybody can do damage, everybody can go deep", Correa said. I think it was easy to see how the Astros would like to use their bullpen when they have a lead in this series. "We did it as a team".

Do Red Sox fans not care this year? NY tries to avoid elimination behind Masahiro Tanaka. You get the feeling Rafael Devers may have to pop one to give Boston a chance. Changes will definitely be needed for the Red Sox to compete in the 2018 postseason. He started having more problems with his right knee in April.

The Boston Red Sox once again didn't bring of a fight on Friday.

But Sale had also rarely faced a lineup as deep and unsafe as Houston's, or a hitter as complete as Altuve. In 2014, they traded the October stalwart Jon Lester to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes, then flipped Cespedes to Detroit for Rick Porcello.

DAVID PRICE: Price was once of the game's elite starting pitchers, but he's had a disappointing tenure in Boston.

So where do they stand now?

Pomeranz won three of his last four decisions during the regular season and gave up fewer than two runs in three of his final four appearances. He went 5-1 in the against the Astros, with 65 strikeouts and five walks in 48 innings. He held the deficit at seven with a scoreless eighth inning. If not, the Red Sox season will be over much sooner than everyone had predicted at the beginning of the season, when they were the favorites to win the American League pennant. And their offense can not be stopped. And it was completely deserved, as Altuve immediately singled just out of the reach of the leaping shortstop Bogaerts. "There's no holes in our lineup". If the Red Sox are to advance in the postseason, he must constantly manage his starters well.

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