Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Interference or not? A fan changes the ALCS

Interference or not? A fan changes the ALCS

Josh Reddick #22 of the Houston Astros catches a ball hit by Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox (not pictured) in the ninth inning during Game Four of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 17, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

Bradley won the honors by homering twice and driving in nine runs in the series. Will the Red Sox continue their dominant run or can the Astros reach a repeat performance of their 2017 historic World Series victory? That set up a playoff rematch with the Red Sox, who were eliminated by the Astros in last year's AL Division Series and had beaten the wild-card Yankees 3-1 in this year's division series.

While Verlander was on the mound in Game 5, Houston scored no runs.

The Red Sox will host the victor of the Brewers-Dodgers NLCS.

It was a wild American League Championship Series game with memorable moments, great batting, fielding and pitching, and a diving catch to end it.

"I said it a year ago: To win the World Series, so much has to go your way", Astros pitcher Lance McCullers said.

"There's nobody on this team that I can think of in baseball that deserves it more than Jackie", Price said. That was very, very special. In Thursday night's Game 5, he used it for 39 of his 93 pitches - 41.9% - and got 12 whiffs on changeups, a season high.

After tweeting her frustration about the "bulls**t" call that cost the Astros a two run homer, the 26-year-old, who is married to Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, apparently received degrading replies from quite a few fans. He had good life and hop on his fastball, frequently reaching the mid-90's and then had knee-buckling change-up he could spot seemingly at will.

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Cora said before Thursday night's game that the lefty ace was prepared for his next start - either in the ALCS or the World Series opener.

"I don't respect that at all", he said.

Once it was established that the unexpected - from everybody but the Red Sox - was the norm, everything else fell in place.

That meant Devers' home run was more than enough to give Boston the win. The Martinez home run in the third inning ruined Verlander's streak of 26 consecutive scoreless innings in elimination games, the longest such streak in postseason history.

"That's as hard as we've seen him throw against us that I can remember", Hinch said. "Two or three guys don't do that, it's a full team and I think today, this whole series, this whole playoffs has been a display of that". "We like having fun and going out there and doing our thing". "It's one of those things you get put on this stage, it's a bigger platform".

The Red Sox will head back to the fall classic for the first time since 2013.

It was the 14th pennant for the Red Sox, who are 8-4 in World Series appearances.

"It hasn't sunk in yet honestly", said Benintendi. "We have 108 wins, more wins than anyone and they keep picking against us". Kimbrel got two of those three outs on strikeouts.

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