Bradley's three-RBI double in Game 2 propelled the Red Sox into the lead. "We have 108 wins, more wins than anyone and they keep picking against us. And for us to get to that point, to do what we did in the regular season, to do what we did against NY in the ALDS and to obviously beat the reigning champs, that was very special for all of us".
Price tossed six innings of three-hit, shutout ball with no walks and nine strikeouts in Game 5 Thursday.
Well, while some in that Red Sox' celebratory clubhouse Thursday night would admit and others wouldn't the Bregman Instagram videos (showing home runs against Nathan Eovaldi) were put on the team's imaginary wall of motivation.
"It felt good. Honestly, it really started last night in the bullpen".
Wherever the Red Sox go, they win.
Boston is 5-0 on the road in these playoffs - at Yankee Stadium and Minute Maid Park - and outscored the Yankees and Astros by a combined 40-13. "We know we're capable of winning a World Series and we're four wins from doing that". "We just needed to stay healthy and go out and execute", Bradley said.
That's not only an incredibly solid catch by Andrew Benintendi, it also was a ballsy play to even make a diving attempt.
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"The last out yesterday was like around 12:10". "We had the most wins in the American League yet somehow we were the underdogs in the series. I don't understand why they said it wasn't a home run". Astros hitters made contact with only 12 of those 38 change-ups and they had an average exit velocity of 72 miles per hour - quite weak.
Pedro Martinez knows a big-time performance when he sees one, and David Price delivered just that Thursday night. "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".
But stars Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and the Astros hobbled to the finish in a humbling defeat. While Houston's pitching staff went from very good in 2017 to all-time great in 2018, its offense took a step backward this season, going from leading the league in runs scored and OPS in 2017 to finishing sixth and seventh in those categories this year.
Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez hit an early homer off Verlander, and Price made the lead stand up into the late innings.
"We've come back from worse", Caldwell said.
"It's a little sweeter, obviously", he said. "But it's one of the things where I'm past it, and I'm here because of my struggles and because of my pain that I went through there", he said. Because Boston's dramatic Game 4 win happened after midnight, the team's series clinching Game 5 win was technically the second win to happen on Cora's birthday.