It was the first-ever postseason matchup of No. 1 overall draft picks, with Price going first to Tampa Bay in the 2007 draft and Cole the top pick by Pittsburgh in 2011.
If the Red Sox win: If they win a Price postseason start and simultaneously tie up the series?
Sunday's was a unusual game that featured nine runs and all sorts of drives launched off, over and beyond the classic green fences at Fenway in the first three innings, but not so much as another hit on either side until the bottom of the eighth.
After putting two on with two out in the fifth, Alex Cora gave Price the hook with a 5-4 lead, and brought Matt Barnes in to face Marwin Gonzalez. I expect myself to be great in big moments, and I haven't done that thus far in my career. "But Im very happy that we won". I'll start. I'll come out of the 'pen. "And that's what I'm about".
Game 1 of the American League Championship Series was a nightmare scenario for the Boston Red Sox.
Though they lost Game 2 by a 7-5 score back at Fenway, it was an example of the never-over-til-it's-over drive that fuels this team. But he said Bregman's post was "all in good fun". "We feel really good about us".
Price was spotted a two-run lead in the first inning and then fell behind 4-2 before Bradley clanged one off the left-field wall that Gonzalez chased helplessly as it bounced back toward the infield. Price then pitched a ideal fourth, and nearly got through the fifth.
"I'd rather miss where I did than the middle of the plate (like he did vs. the Yankees in the ALDS, )" Price said. I get that. I deserve those narratives. After Price left the game, Cora coaxed the final 13 outs from his bullpen, including three from Rick Porcello, a starter. He's played a couple of balls off this wall nearly like a home player. "But it's a well-placed hit". In the second inning he did allow two runs, but those could have been charged to shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who took his time getting to a Carlos Correa groundball and turned an out into an infield single.
He then moved to third and then home on a pair of passed balls by catcher Martin Maldonado. He gave up the two soft runs in the second and then two much more emphatic ones in the third, courtesy of a mammoth home run by Gonzalez, who in the bottom of the inning would crash hard into the Green Monster trying, and failing, to catch a drive off the bat of Bostons Steve Pearce. "It wasn't the [box score] line I dreamed to have tonight. But our offense, our defense, everybody rallied together".
Sale was released Monday from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he had gone because of a stomach illness after pitching in the series opener at Fenway Park.
"From what I know, it's nothing serious, but obviously, whenever you have to go to the hospital you gotta be, quote-unquote, worried".
The Astros got back to Houston early Monday morning.
Dallas Keuchel, who was 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA in the regular season, will start Game 3 for Houston.
The Red Sox closer has allowed at least one earned run in all three of his postseason outings in 2018.