Start spreading the news, the 2018 Boston Red Sox have defeated the defending World Series champion Houston Astros in five games to advance to the World Series.
This will be the first trip to the Fall Classic since the Red Sox faced the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013. Since going 86 years without a World Series ring, the Red Sox are 3-0 in the World Series since the ball went through Buckner’s legs.
This team, however, is different. This team has won more games than any other Red Sox team in franchise history.
Other facts, the Boston Red Sox are now 5-0 when provoked by another team’s star player. Do not troll the Sox.
The Red Sox came into Minute Maid Park tied with the Astros one game apiece, with the Sox dropping the series opener. That would be the only game they would lose to the defending champs.
The Red Sox were the second-best road team in the league, behind the Astros. Facing 2015 Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel in Game 3, the Red Sox took a 3-2 lead and would never give it up. Nathan Eovaldi, who was impeccable in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Yankees, pitched the first game at Minute Maid Park and was also able to stop the bleeding in Game 5.
Adding insult to injury, Jackie Bradley, Jr., who was 1-for-17 with the bases loaded in the regular season, slugged a grand slam off of the worst piece of human garbage in Robert Osuna, giving the Sox an 8-2 lead and the win.
Game 4 saw another Jackie Bradley blast give the Sox the lead, and when Craig Kimbrel tried to make his first 6 out save a reality, Andrew Benintendi came to the rescue with one of the ballsiest plays in recent memory.
In Game 5, it was two other Red Sox heroes who put their capes on. Rafael “Raffy Big Scoops” Devers hit a Justin Verlander into the Crawford Boxes in left. The 3-run moonshot was enough to hold, as the Astros would only counter with a Marwin Gonzalez blast off Matt “My Forearm is made of Pine Tar” Barnes.
However, the real star of the night was none other than David Price.
David Price came into the game 0-9 in the postseason, boasting a massive plus-6.00 ERA. There’s been a lot of criticism towards Price since coming to Boston, especially of his inability to pitch in big games.
That ghost is gone, the critics hushed, and that pesky zero wiped away.
Price gave up three hits, racked up 9 Ks, and took one big, long exhales. David Price, today’s your day. Congrats. It’s time to get a few more.
Their opponent will be determined in the next few days as the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers return to Miller Park on Friday. Los Angeles leads the series 3-2. But for now, it’s time to pop the champagne. IT is Gold Bottle Season after all!
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