Dallas Keuchel strikes out seven in ALDS Game 2

Dallas Keuchel strikes out seven in ALDS Game 2

First pitch: 2:38 p.m. Carl Edwards Jr. threw a flawless inning and Wade Davis finished the two-hitter for a save.

There have 56 teams down 0-2 in an LDS, and seven of them have won their series. Whether it was the loss of David Ortiz or the lack of power or any other theory, people tried to put their finger on the lack of buzz surrounding the team that used to own Boston's hearts and minds for 12 months of every year.

Strasburg didn't allow a hit until there were two outs in the sixth.

Farrell has made a few head-scratching moves in the division series.

With a heavy beard and a lot of sweat on a muggy, 77-degree night, Strasburg dialed up his fastball to 97 miles per hour and mixed in an unhittable changeup.

"They'd better be ready to go", Ramirez said. It's up to me to go out there and perform to my abilities, Bogaerts said. However, the way he settled down after that is why the Astros are very confident in him this postseason.

Springer clubbed an opposite-field home run off Pomeranz leading off the third inning, the Astros' sixth homer of the series. That's when everything changed in a matter of minutes.

Starters have not yet been named for Game 4 or 5, and despite starting 33 games during the regular season, Rick Porcello might not be one of those starters, pitching an inning of relief on Thursday. Four earned runs later, and he was out of the ballgame. "And the second one is like: 'Wow, what's going on here?"

As pitching coach Mike Maddux came out for a mound visit with Strasburg, Rizzo whooped it up at the bag, high-fiving first base coach Brandon Hyde.

"We waited him out and we took advantage of opportunities", Rizzo said. Things are different now. He has hit 24 home runs in each of the past two seasons. He walked three batters and struck out six. "Hopefully, getting back home and getting in front of our fans will give us a boost and get us back into this series".

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Time for his team to back up his words.

"Bad time to suck", Sale said bluntly.

Game 3 is Sunday at Fenway Park. Rendon, Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy, Trea Turner and Jayson Werth were a combined 0 for 17 with three walks.

On the heels of a historic Game 1 performance by his infield partner Jose Altuve, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was prepared for a shift in strategy by the opposition that would nullify Altuve and yield for Correa opportunities to produce with runners in scoring position.

Now that it's playoff time, Houston is still hammering away. Pomeranz surrendered four runs on five hits and one walk. But I do believe with the 'pen that we have and the trust in it, you have to weigh everything in.

The Boston #Red Sox and Houston Astros meet up for #Game 2 of their American League Division Series on Friday afternoon. Brad Peacock gets the start for Houston on Sunday at 1:30 when he faces former Astros starter Doug Fister for Boston. "We haven't played well yet, so we have to get back home and figure it out". Correa finished the day going 2-for-4 with 4 RBI. A lot of it comes down to being able to play as a team and having that vengeance. Entering Friday, he had a record of (2-0) with a 2.57 ERA in 14 playoff innings.

"I'm not anxious about what he's going to do", said Boston center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. But will manager John Farrell stick with that in a do-or-die game? They added two more in the third, when George Springer homered and Altuve added an RBI single.

We will update with trends once they have been released. Boston is 7-1 in those eight games and the ERA the lowest ever by a postseason starter (since the start of championship series in 1969) with at least 50 innings. The Red Sox thought he had recovered enough to contribute in the postseason. And in search of a way to get out Jose Altuve and the rest of the top of Houston's lineup.

Red Sox designated hitter Eduardo Nunez was carried off the field in the first inning with a right knee injury and did not return. A run scored when Mookie Betts lost the grip on the ball after catching a shallow fly on the run, and Addison Reed then allowed a Carlos Correa double and a wall ball from Evan Gattis to let three more runs score.

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