Red Sox starter Jon Lester, while not as impressive still held his own, only giving up a single run in his 6.1 innings of work. Unlike Sanchez, who despite giving up no hits, walked six, Lester’s command was on point this evening, walking just one.
The lone mistake Lester made came courtesy of the Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta, who hit a bloop into center field that dropped just feet in front of the speedy Jacoby Ellsbury who did everything he could to make a catch. The RBI single allowed Miguel Cabrera to score, who, you guessed it, walked earlier in the inning.
St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers set the stage in regards to elite pitching earlier today in Game 2 of their NLCS, both the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox continued the trend this evening as they opened up their American League Championship Series. The majors’ highest-scoring team during the regular season, the Red Sox were shut out at Fenway Park in the postseason for the first time in 95 years.
As for Boston’s normally strong offense, they were shut down by the Tigers’ pitching staff all night, obviously – striking out 17 times. They were also staring the wrong side of history in the face until the bottom of the ninth inning when Daniel Nava, with one out in the inning, singled to center field, ending the 8 1/3 innings of no hit ball thrown by the Tigers pitching staff.
Things got dicey for Detroit after Nava’s single as Quintin Berry pinch ran and with two outs, stole second, putting him (the tying run) in scoring position. Unfortunately for Boston, rookie Xander Bogaerts, who stretched out a 3-2, two out at-bat with Berry in scoring position, popped up to end the game.
Max Scherzer is set to take the hill in Game 2 for the Tigers while Clay Buchholz will start for the Red Sox, attempting to avoid disaster by falling behind 0-2 in the series.
The AL’s regular-season ERA champion, Sanchez loaded the bases in the sixth on three walks. But he struck out Stephen Drew to end the inning, coming off the mound with a celebratory arm pump and high leg kick. Tigers prevailed and put the Red Sox in a tough spot early in the series. No team wants to fall behind 2-0 in a seven-game series, especially with three consecutive road games staring it in the face.