Eduardo Rodriguez throws two more days off for the Sox. José Urquidy was eliminated from the match in the second set. Yimi Garcia is now on the mound.
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Witness to attention to detail – 9:15 p.m.
Vázquez’s save play on Kiké Hernández’s airmail throw at first base is further proof how locked up this Red Sox team is right now.
Cora always talked about attention to detail. It’s right there.
It was a bad race for the Houston starters – 9:10 p.m.
Houston starts this series:
Game 1: 2⅔ innings launched
Game 2: 1 round started
Game 3: 1⅔ of inning started
Why the Red Sox were built for a round like this – 9:00 p.m.
The Red Sox’s relentless approach to home plate led to this round.
11-ball Verdugo at bat with one out and no one on, JD Martinez double from the wall, Christian Vázquez single the other way around. Finally, the Schwarber Grand Slam.
The Red Sox are the first team in history to win three Grand Slam tournaments in a series. They have hit three Grand Slam tournaments in the regular season and have now reached three in two games.
What Fenway Looked Like After Schwarber’s Grand Slam – 8:56 PM
Another grand slam for Schwarber – 8:54 p.m.
The Red Sox are now the first team in playoff history with three Grand Slams in a single series. It’s also more than the Sox have hit all this regular season.
Arroyo ski lift l’Altuve – 8:52 pm
Christian Arroyo hit a José Urquidy field in the middle, and it bounced off the mound and ricocheted slightly, making it difficult for Astros second baseman Jose Altuve to play it clean.
The result? Another race for the Sox as JD Martinez was able to come home and the Sox avoided a double play. It’s marked as an error on Altuve.
Vázquez strikes in the first run – 8:50 p.m.
Christian Vázquez hit a goal-laden RBI single late in the second with one out, sending Alex Verdugo home from third to give the Sox the first point of the game.
B1 : Sox 1, Astros 0
Eduardo Rodriguez is locked up – 8:36 p.m.
Rodriguez sets the tone early on against this Houston team, which had baseball’s lowest strikeout rate this year at 19.4 percent. Rodriguez pulled the side out in that final set and has four to two innings.
Rodriguez’s speed is something to watch out for – 8:26 p.m.
For much of the season, Eduardo Rodriguez struggled to maintain his speed. As the game progresses, it will be interesting to see if Rodriguez can, in fact, maintain his speed. This first image could be a good sign. He swung Michael Brantley on a fastball that was perfectly pointed to the outside half. He was 95.8 miles per hour on his heater, 2.2 ticks above his season average.
What you need to know about the starting pitcher for the Astros – 8:19 p.m.
Right-hander José Urquidy is on the mound for the Astros. He’s making his playoff debut in 2021 – the 26-year-old was in contention to start Division Series Game 4 against the White Sox before it rained. In his playoff career, he’s 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA in eight appearances (four starts).
Red Sox vs. Urquidy: Xander Bogaerts 0-3, Rafael Devers 0-2, Kiké Hernández 0-3, JD Martinez 0-2, Hunter Renfroe 1-2, Danny Santana 0-5, Alex Verdugo 1-3, Christian Vázquez 1-2.
The key for Eduardo Rodriguez – 8:08 p.m.
It’s no secret that Eduardo Rodriguez had a bad year, totaling a 4.74 ERA in 157 innings pitched during the regular season. He wasn’t good in his first playoff start, scoring just an inning 1 against the Rays while allowing two runs on 41 shots.
Rodriguez, however, rebounded in Game 4 of the American League Divisional Series. He worked five innings, giving up just two runs while hitting six.
The key for Rodriguez will always be the location. He scored two in his first playoff start against the Rays, and none in Game 4. The Astros, however, will be a tough test for the southpaw. They have withdrawn the least from catches this year (19.4%) and have put the ball into play the most (80.6%). The game may depend on who can beat whom, but the key will be to keep the game close enough that the Red Sox offense does damage.
How Astros hitters fared against Rodriguez – 8:00 p.m.
LHP Eduardo Rodriguez is on the mound tonight.
Here’s how tonight’s Astros roster hit him:
Carlos Correa 6-10, Jose Altuve 5-13, Alex Bregman 5-12, Aledmys Díaz, 3-12, Martín Maldonado 2-9, Jason Castro 0-8, Yuli Gurriel 2-8, Michael Brantley 1-6, Kyle Tucker 1-4, Yordan Alvarez 1-2, Chas McCormick 0-2.
Rodriguez hasn’t earned a win in two playoff starts against Tampa Bay in the ALDS, going 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA. He’s 0-1 with a 7.02 ERA in 10 career playoff games (three starts).
A player to watch who is not called Kiké – 7:40 p.m.
Much attention has been paid to Kiké Hernández, and for good reason. He has playoff highlights.
But you should keep an eye out for Xander Bogaerts.
The shortstop is enjoying his most consistent playoffs to date, batting .321 / .424 / .571 with two homers in 33 home plate appearances this year. Pound for pound, Bogaerts represents the entirety of the order you see. His continued presence is crucial for this Red Sox formation.
“Continue to dance” – 6:45 p.m.
After the Red Sox beat the Rays to access the ALCS, a video went viral showing the team celebrating in the clubhouse while singing a Tiesto / Calum Scott remix of Robyn’s hit song “Dancing On.” My Own ”. (The original is better.)
Now there are “Keep Dancing” signs hanging in the Fenway lobby.
Queues – 6:39 p.m.
Here is the batting order for the Sox and Astros.
ASTRO : Altuve 2B, Brantley LF, Bregman 3B, Alvarez DH, Correa SS, Tucker RF, Gurriel 1B, Siri CF, Maldonado C.
RED SOX : Schwarber 1B, Hernández CF, Devers 3B, Bogaerts SS, Verdugo LF, Martinez DH, Renfroe RF, Vázquez C, Arroyo 2B.
What will the mood be like tonight? – 6.30 p.m.
Fenway Park fans really got into it during the playoffs, and the Red Sox took note. Michael Silverman wrote on the subject as the series returned here. And Christian Arroyo was asked about it before the game.
“It’s going to be crazy,” he said. “You get one hit and you feel like you got out of it in a second. “
Arroyo and a few of his teammates received great applause at Gillette Stadium on Sunday when they appeared on the jumbotron to watch the Patriots-Cowboys game. Arroyo wanted to make it clear that they were on their best behavior.
“We weren’t doing anything stupid,” he said. “We have a game today. Arroyo also said he was gone in the third quarter, which meant he missed a hell of a finish.
There’s a chill in the air – 6:25 p.m.
October, is that you?
It’s been pretty mild in the Boston area this month, but that has changed today. It’s 54 degrees right now, with a little wind. Could this have an effect on the Astros?
Houston is playing in the closed Minute Maid Park, which has a retractable roof (which is rarely open).
That said, Boston has a number of new players on the roster who have yet to play in October in New England.
Celebrity Sightings – 6:20 p.m.
Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz, both members of the Fox Studio show, are in town.