Red Sox manager Alex Cora ejected from Game 1 of ALCS

Annette Crawford
October 21, 2018

Boston starter David Price was not at his best, but the Red Sox bullpen shut Houston down in the middle and late innings.

That, he insisted, is all he ever cared about.

"That was definitely appreciated", Price said. "This isn't about me".

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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora was ejected for just the second time in his managerial career after arguing with the umpires following the fifth inning of Saturday's Game 1 of the ALCS.

Price fell one out short of qualifying for the win, which would have been his first in 11 postseason starts. It's just one of those things where I know I have to go in and do something and help the team win in some way.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that was by far the most consecutive losses for a pitcher's team to start a postseason career in major league history. "We're just going to go out there and play baseball, be ourselves, keep doing what we've been doing all year, and hopefully we come out on top". After making early exits in the postseason in four straight years, Los Angeles returned to the World Series a year ago, coming within one win of their first championship pennant since 1988. "And that's what I'm about". But you shouldn't look past them, the Astros are really good.

Nationally, viewership for TBS baseball postseason coverage is up 40 percent over 2016 - the last time the network had the ALDS - and 13 percent over last year's NLDS, which included a decisive Cubs-Nationals Game 5. Three of them and one of his two wild pitches came in a fifth inning that nearly chased him from the game.

The Red Sox had gone from two-run lead to two-run deficit in the third, and the Astros seemed poised to put a stranglehold on the series. He also noted that Price pitched well out of the bullpen a year ago, making two appearances with 6 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against Houston.

Closer Craig Kimbrel gave up Jose Altuve's RBI single with two outs in the ninth before Bregman launched a high fly to left that Andrew Benintendi (Arkansas Razorbacks) caught a step in front of the Monster.

"I guess Verlander executed his pitch, and he called it a strike", Cora said. I think he's got a great feel for the game.

In addition, the team announced that Game 1 starter Chris Sale, who was also lined up to start a potential Game 5, was hospitalized overnight with a stomach illness.

All four of those runs he allowed came with two outs. "Most likely Verlander comes out of the game". He fell to the warning track, but after the training staff and Manager AJ Hinch went out to check on him, he stayed in the game. The ball took an unusual hop in the dirt and ended up bouncing off the side wall in left field not once, but twice, before it fell to the ground.

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