BOSTON (WWLP) – The Red Sox are in the American League Championship Series and making their return to Boston on Monday.
With the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros splitting the first two games of the best-of-seven series in Houston, Monday night’s game will determine who will take the lead in the ALCS. Fenway Park will host the next three games, which means this ALCS doesn’t have to return to Houston.
The Red Sox are the underdogs against a tough Astros team but that doesn’t mean much when it comes to Boston, who defeated the 100-win Tampa Bay Rays in the AL Division Series to advance. Taking the mound Monday night for Game 3 is Eduardo Rodriguez. He pitched five innings in Game 4 of the AL Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays and gave up two earned runs on three hits with six strikeouts to help the Red Sox advance to the championship series.
It’s a cold night for baseball, it feels like October and fans here are ready. “There’s nothing better than being here at Fenway Park in Boston. I’ve been here about 15 times this year, huge Sox fan. If Kiké, Devers and Martinez keep it up like they have been the last few games, I think we’re all set for the World Series,” said Kenny Zucco of Great Barrington.
“Kiké is hitting beach balls right now so I expect huge things from him. I’m surprised they are still pitching to him but he’s hot,” said Jim Messenger of Boston.
Pitching from struggling starters to blown-up bullpens has defined this series so far. The Red Sox are now hoping a home-field advantage can help propel them into the World Series.
Historically, Game 3 is pivotal. Teams who go up 2-1 in best-of-seven settings go on to win the series more than 70-percent of the time.
On Friday, the Astros used a pair of late homers from infielders Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa to come from behind and win Game 1, but on Saturday, the Red Sox hit grand slams in the first two innings by J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers to win Game 2.
- Game 1 October 15: Red Sox 4, Astros 5
- Game 2 October 16: Red Sox 9, Astros 5
The series continues with the following:
- Game 3 Monday, October 18 at 8:08 p.m. at Fenway
- Game 4 Tuesday, October 19 at 8:08 p.m. at Fenway
- Game 5 Wednesday, October 20 at 5:08 p.m. at Fenway
- Game 6 Friday, October 22 at 8:08 p.m.
- Game 7 Saturday, October 23 at 8:08 p.m.
It was one of the coldest postseason games so far this season in Boston but that did not stop Sox fans from selling out Fenway. A huge difference from earlier this season.
“We’ve been to a ton of games here this year and we love the Sox. This place is electric. We were here when there was limited capacity because of COVID, it’s a totally different place when there’s full capacity. It’s crazy,” said Luke Twing of Mill River.