Red Sox eliminated from postseason in loss to Houston Astros

Houston advances to its first American League Championship Series.

Benintendi's bomb in the fifth gave Boston the lead, and with their own ace Chris Sale also pitching in a long relief role, and throwing like the Cy Young candidate fans saw for most of the year, it looked like a game five in Houston would be necessary. Obviously, they won it all that year, but they did it with a group of tough veterans who held themselves accountable and took the field every day with something to prove.

Next up was president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who announced Farrell would return, a bit of information that he casually relayed as the two passed each other en route to and from their respective press availabilities.

The move didn't pay off as Andrew Benintendi greeted Verlander with a moonshot of a home run into the right-field stands to put Boston in the lead.

After the Red Sox fell into an early hole - with Carlos Correa hitting a two-run homer and Josh Reddick driving in a run for the Astros in the first inning - Boston relief pitcher David Price produced four shutout innings with four strikeouts. Farrell said he's "confident" he's the right man to manage the club. "It just kind of felt like 2015 all over again", he said. We get the surrender cobra of denial, the hesitant reach toward the laptop of bargaining ("maybe he wasn't out, maybe there was a bobble"), the beginning of the laptop slam of anger, the slow, quiet laptop closing of depression and finally the pensive, dawning acceptance of, "wait, I'm still in class".

His 4 2/3 innings pitched were the fifth-most by a Red Sox reliever in a playoff game and the most since Pedro Martinez went six innings in Game 5 of the 1999 ALDS.

Boston suffered a pair of 8-2 defeats down in Texas on Thursday and Friday, while the Yankees suffered heartbreak in Game 2 in Cleveland to fall into a deep hole against the defending American League champion.

Now, the Astros await the winner of the ALDS series featuring the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. "But we have seen some really good young players continue to develop. We worked hard. came down to the wire, it was a close game. this one definitely sucks". The first baseman, Yuli Gurriel, hit.529 and acted as if this Division Series was his coming-out party. He said his first order of business this offseason would be to consult with doctors on his options. It's what we work all off-season for. They were all healthy and present at the end, and simply faltered. This Red Sox team is just soft - and really, it's nothing new. A lot of people likely had the same reaction, but finding a fan that's so emblematic of a playoff loss is always entertaining. Dustin Pedroia had a horrific series, frustrated no doubt by the knee injury that had him less than 100% and you could see his frustration boil over in the second inning when he was called out on a questionable third strike and went ballistic on the umpire, needing manager John Farrell to emerge from the dugout to intervene so his second baseman wouldn't get thrown out of the game.

Then there were some of the forgotten hitters in the Astros lineup. It's more interesting to look ahead.

NOTE: Game times yet to be determined. They managed only four line drives in the four games.

Houston made the World Series in 2005 as a member of the National League, but got swept by the Chicago White Sox, 4-0.

The Red Sox are built to be. well, at least in the mix. Kai Forbath's 26 yard field goal in the closing seconds after an interception sealed the win for the Vikings. "This is a team that can do a lot of special things".

  • Ricardo Clara