Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Bill Belichick all smiles after Red Sox clinch World Series berth

Bill Belichick all smiles after Red Sox clinch World Series berth

Now the Astros are hurting even worse, done after losing four straight to the Red Sox to end their bid to repeat as champions. The diving, game-saving catch that same night by Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi, when a miss might have given the Astros the win.

"We got four more wins".

"Guys in this clubhouse, we definitely feel we have a leader like that", Price said. "But we want more", Price said. He gave up no hits, walked one, and struck out two. Before the loss in Game 5, Verlander was 5-0 with a 2.42 ERA in his last 5 starts (including postseason) against the Red Sox. The other is Steve Pearce, who had a big homer in Game 3. Instead, that session may have keyed his dominant performance. "I am very happy for David Price". But tread lightly if you plan to suggest the Red Sox will fall short of their ultimate goal. Boston is a ideal 5-0 in road games this postseason, with two wins in NY in the ALDS and three in Houston in the ALCS.

But after that first game, something insane happened.

From Day 1, Cora has pushed all the right buttons and connected with the players like few managers - and especially new ones. "It's just devasting to lose when we know what kind of team we have".

Left fielder Andrew Benintendi caught a long fly for the last out - not almost as dramatic as his game-saving diving grab the previous night.

In assessing some of those failures, the Astros justifiably gave credit to the Red Sox's lineup.

Well if it helps the team come back from deficits, especially in October, then by all means flick away, Brock. "They never got off our fastball". Second baseman Jose Altuve, the 2017 AL MVP, played with an unidentified right knee injury that is likely to require offseason surgery.

The home team won exactly one game in this series.

Look at J.D. Martinez as the sorely-needed Big Papi reboot, providing power, sure, but also leadership. Kimbrel was the only reliever people trusted and for good reason as a perennial All-Star closer.

On his 43rd birthday, Cora became the first manager from Puerto Rico to take a team to the World Series. "I'm glad (Cora) was able to stick with me and I was able to get it done". This year's ALCS changed the script as the 28-year-old's bat ultimately carried this team with clutch hits to swing the series. "The whole playoffs, actually", he said.

But just like in the Yankees series, the bullpen guys came into the game and did their job, and the Red Sox hitters consistently delivered at the plate.

Boston ended an 86-year championship drought in 2004.

Given the chance, Red Sox left-hander David Price wasn't going alone to a news conference Thursday after Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. His nine strikeouts are a postseason best in his 11-year career.

After steamrolling the Indians in a sweep in the division series, the Astros went out with little more than whimper.

Altuve went 1 for 4 in the finale. It's his fault for giving up four runs in this game. He threw six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, walking none and striking out nine.

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