Boston's Mookie Betts leaves Game 2 with a wrist injury

Rachel Hardy
October 9, 2017

Betts has gone 3-for-8 with 2 doubles in the series, and has been one of the few Red Sox players showing signs of life on offense. "And the second one is like: 'Wow, what's going on here?"

Fenway Park is the smallest stadium in Major League Baseball, with a capacity of just 37,731 fans.

Confidence is also flowing for the team that won the most games during the regular season. The Red Sox tied it up by scoring a run each in the second and fourth innings before Marwin Gonzalez lined a two-run double in the fourth for a 4-2 lead.

Fister lost to the Astros during that final weekend, but didn't get blasted, allowing three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. The Astros are hitting.343 and have scored 16 runs in 16 innings, stomping on Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz, the 17-game winners atop Boston's rotation. It was the bottom of the third, there was just one out and the bases were loaded.

"You plan for things like that but you never know if it's going to work out", said Luhnow, watching from the warning track in front of the home team's dugout as his team worked out Saturday afternoon at Fenway.

The crowd of 43,402, which included Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan, Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, waved bright orange towels as Altuve trotted around the bases.

John Farrell needs to save somebody to start a potential Game 4, but there's no Game 4 without a win in Game 3. When we didn't, they have made us pay. This is a different team, though.

After fanning 308 in the regular season, Sale struck out six.

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Time for his team to back up his words.

"This is a team that's very, very laser-focused on winning the series. It happens (but a) awful time for it to happen". They roughed up Drew Pomeranz in Game 2, the two Red Sox 17-game winners totaling nearly as many homers allowed (five) as innings pitched (seven).

Sandy Leon had two hits and drove in a run and Rafael Devers added an RBI for the AL East champs.

This is Sale's first year with the Red Sox after being traded from the Chicago White Sox back in December. "And that falls to (Fister), to put a zero up in the first inning and allow us to capture the energy here".

It is hard for young Red Sox fans who are not of a certain age to appreciate how the 1967 team completely changed the trajectory of the franchise. Nunez left Thursday's game after aggravating a sprained ligament in his right knee. "I think we are all looking forward to getting on the field here in front of our home fans at Fenway, but as close as our team is, as much conversation that goes on daily, whether it's about what we're now involved in, what the challenge is that we're facing, this has been a close-knit team". "With the strength of our "pen, there's nothing in me that says Clayton needs to be pushed and he needs to stay in until the game goes the other way", he said". He is 2-2 with a 3.69 ERA over 12 career games (seven starts) against Houston.

For the Astros to nail down a game two win, they'll Keuchel to mirror Verlander's strong opening inning.

"We haven't gotten too ahead of ourselves in any one game or any, or the fact that we're up 2-0", said Astros manager A.J. Hinch.

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