MLB Divisional Series: Red Sox and White do their homework

Christian Vázquez’s home run left the Rays on the field. Photo: Agencies.

After a transfer day in the American League Division Series, the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox did their homework and won as hosts in their respective games of the day.

Madness in the “Green Monster”: Red Sox leave the Rays on the field!

A home run by Christian Vázquez with a teammate on board at the end of the 13th inning, left the Tampa Bay Rays lying on the ground of the mythical “Green Monster” (6×4) and the Boston Red Sox were within one win of winning the American League Division Series.

Since Wander Franco lost the ball to reliever Hansel Robles in the eighth, and Cuban Randy Arozarena sounded a two-base cannon to center field to get him out of the box and equalize the actions at four runs, the Rays hugged the hosts for five innings until the final denouement.

Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi had allowed a single by Franco and a home run by Austin Meadows in the same first inning, but from there he walked five innings where he could barely be beaten one more indisputable, while striking out eight opponents and leaving the gates. of the plate tightly closed with indecipherable combinations.

The Red Cavalry, who had been shooting 20 hits in the previous game, moved the timbers to blow up rival starter Drew Rasmussen’s mound., sent to the cave unable to get any outs in the third inning.

It was too much the six hits that he endured in that short journey where the homer of Kyle Schwarber in the first episode and the indisputable RBIs of Kike Hernández and Rafael Deves that conspired for his expulsion stood out.

Puerto Rican Kike, a man who in the previous challenge had tied two postseason records by connecting five hits and four extra-base hits in a game, he kept boiling as he scooped the ball out of the park in the fifth inning, before his troop received seven consecutive rings from four rival pitchers.

All the credit went to Nick Piveta from the mound in a four-long relay where he held off his opponents with seven strikeouts and just a trio of outright allowed.

The defeat fell on the back of Colombian Luis Patino (ninth pitcher for the Rays) as he endured the home run that decided the clash after having worked 1.1 innings.

Offensive uncovering in the Windy City

The White Sox did not believe in offensive opponents and unleashed a 14-hitter offense to defeat the Houston Astros 12×6. and score his first victory in these playoffs after two consecutive losses.

There was little that the strong sluggish of the visitors could do at the US Cellular in the Windy City, against a troop that won more than 65% of the games they played at home this season (53 of 81).

A package of five annotations in the third chapter erased a disadvantage of four lines that although still early seemed definitive. A home run by Cuban Yasmani Grandal with a busy pillow and another by Leury Garcia with two on board, brought them back to the challenge.

Another three races one inning later where the undisputed tugs of José Dariel Abreu and Eloy Jiménez stood out, giving them an advantage that they would not lose all night.

In the eighth they woke up the bats again and punished reliever Brooks Raley with another scoring trio, where pinchpin Andrew Vaughn and Tim Anderson hit RBI doubles, and Garcia hit a single to drive in his fourth run of the night.

Michael Kopech, despite tolerating three touchdowns in only 2.1 innings worked, was successful and the Dominican Yimi Garcia was defeated in a disastrous relay where he was scored four times in just a third of an inning.

Jyle Tucker was the best hitter for the losers, hitting a double and a home run in four at-bats with four RBIs.

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