If it Ain’t Broke

Don’t Fix It …The Boston Red Sox took this saying to heart and rode it to a 2-1 lead in the American League Championship Series on Monday night with another dominating hitting performance that lead to 12-3 victory over the Astros at Fenway.

 

What a difference October makes

With the bases loaded  in the second inning, Sox second baseman Christian Arroyo sent a routine grounder at Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. Altuve forgot he wasn’t playing on the over-soaked infield at Minute Maid park and the ball took a perfect double play bounce that the former MVP couldn’t handle. The next batter was Kyle Schwarber and, well… Granny. And a 6-0 Sox lead. 

 

The Red Sox hit three grand slams all season. Schwarber’s slam gave Boston three in their last eleven innings, and they became the first team in playoff history to hit three grand slams in one playoff series.

Hope Springs ? Nah

To the Astros offense six runs down is nothing, especially since it was just the third inning, so it would seem logical the Sox would keep their foot on the gas and they did just that. In the third inning Hunter Renfroe drew a walk, stole second, got to third as the throw got past Altuve at second and then scored on a pop up to left field Michael Brantley couldn’t get too.. Up next Christian Arroyo. BOOOM

 

Even with six innings of outs to work with, a 9-0 deficit is just far too much, even for the Astros. Arroyo’s blast truly ended this game. 

Oh did you stay up for these : J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Rafael Devers hit a solo shot of his own over the Wall in the eighth to give the Sox, four for the game.

 

In the regular season, the Red Sox ranked sixth in the AL in home runs. During the playoffs, they’ve become a team that would rival any Manny and Ortiz lead. Two homers in the AL Wild Card Game. Then nine in the last four games of the ALDS. Now in the first three of the ALCS, they’ve hit nine more long balls. including three grand slams. I’ve never seen anything like this before. None of us have. The Sox lead the series two games to one, teams who have gone up 2-1 in best-of-seven series have gone on to win the series on more than 70 percent of the time. Even with the Astros Shenanigan’s I like these odds. 

 

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