In Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday, the Boston Red Sox narrowly missed out on taking that crucial first win. However, in Game 2 yesterday, they didn’t incur the same fate, as they thumped the Houston Astros away from home in the Minute Maid Park.
While the 9-5 scoreline may not look as emphatic, the Red Sox’s first two innings were nothing short of the word. In fact, they made postseason history as J. D. Martinez and Rafael Devers gave them a dream start in Houston yesterday.
Boston Red Sox make postseason history with two Grand Slams
In the top of the first inning, Martinez took to the home plate with all bases loaded. Although the Astros scored two outs, the 34-year-old launched a 94mph pitch from Luis Garcia into the right side of the field. This gave the Red Sox an early 4-0 lead as Martinez scored their first Grand Slam of the game.
Oct 16, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) is congratulated by first baseman Kyle Schwarber (18) and left fielder Alex Verdugo (99) after hitting a grand slam against the Houston Astros during the first inning in game two of the 2021 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
In the top of the second inning, the away team repeated the same feat as Rafael Devers scored the Red Sox’s second Grand Slam. He struck a pitch from Jake Odriozzi sweetly, sending the ball into the stands. This gave the Red Sox a massive 8-0 lead. In addition, it also marked the first time in MLB postseason history where a team scored two Grand Slams in the same game.
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 16, 2021
These two Grand Slams accounted for almost all of Red Sox’s runs. In fact, all their runs came from home runs as Kike Hernandez smashed a solo home run in the fourth inning to take their tally to nine. Although the Astros attempted a comeback, it was too little, too late for the AL West champions.
Can they benefit from home advantage in the coming games?
With the series moving to Fenway Park, the Red Sox are very much in the hunt to make the World Series. Although the Astros have a strong roster, the Red Sox showed their true potential on Saturday.
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— Red Sox (@RedSox) October 17, 2021
With home advantage, they are a much more dangerous outfit to play. However, one cannot count out the AL champions, who can produce solid results away from home as well. All eyes will be on Game 3, which will take place tomorrow in Boston.
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