Andrew Benintendi is at Fault for Red Sox's 5th-Inning Meltdown

Sergio Cunningham
October 15, 2018

Just ahead of the Red Sox's ALCS opener against the Astros at Fenway Park on Saturday night, manager Alex Cora was asked about concerns he might have about Game 2 starter David Price pitching on what will likely be a 50-degree evening Sunday.

Verlander recovered from there, punching out Andrew Benintendi on a borderline strike to end the inning. Reporters say he had words for home plate umpire James Hoye and then ran onto the field and let Joe West have it following his ejection.

Houston Astros center fielder George Springer, right, and shortstop Carlos Correa celebrate their win against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of a baseball American League Championship Series on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Boston. Berkman slashed.415/.478/.780 with four home runs and a 1.259 OPS during his 10-game streak with the team; by comparison, Springer's last 10 playoff games have yielded a batting line of.429/.510/1.071 with eight homers and a 1.582 OPS. You know they'll put it in play so you try to get a single instead of a double, or try to get a weak double instead of a homer.

Game 1 ended up hinging on two weird and slow half-frames-the bottom of the fifth and the top of the sixth-in which Boston tied things up against Verlander, only to give the lead right back to Houston. "I can pitch anybody at any time", said manager A.J. Hinch.

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Verlander cruised through the first four innings, throwing just 48 pitches and retiring 10 straight at one point while holding a 2-0 lead. Later in the ninth, first baseman Yuli Gurriel belted a three-run shot and the rout was on. Chris Sale basically said he had nothing. On most staffs, Cole would be the unquestioned No. 1, but the reigning champion Astros happen to have Verlander.

Benintendi's strikeout ended a sustained Red Sox rally.

Vazquez will start in place of Sandy Leon. "They pitched their way out of it, but we didn't hit our way into it". Sale gave up two runs, one hit, four walks and a hit batter, and his average fastball velocity of 92 miles per hour was down 3 miles per hour from the Division Series. 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.

"I didn't look back at him (after I scored) at all,". Price just doesn't win in the postseason.

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