BOSTON (WWLP/AP) – The Red Sox are in the American League Championship Series and playing Game 4 against the Astros in Boston on Tuesday.
The Red Sox were 49-32 on their home turf in 2021. Boston has hit 20 home runs this postseason, Kike Hernandez has accounted for five of them en route to posting a slugging percentage of 1.028.
The Astros went 44-37 in road games in 2021. Houston has hit nine home runs this postseason, Kyle Tucker has accounted for three of them en route to posting a slugging percentage of .704.
Jack Masty from Chicopee has been a Red Sox fan his entire life. He’s never missed an important game, including Game 4 of this American League Championship Series, “I was here last Monday when they clinched the division series. Been here too many important days and this one is one of the important ones, and I’m pumped up!”
Red Sox nation has been showing its support all season long. Mike Nowicky of Meriden, Connecticut told 22News, “I just can’t believe we’re actually here for October baseball. Nobody expect the Red Sox to be here before the season started so this has been an amazing ride.”
The Red Sox won the last meeting 12-3. Eduardo Rodriguez earned his first victory this postseason and Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs for Boston. Jose Urquidy took his first loss of the postseason for Houston.
Boston set an MLB record on Monday night with its third slam of the series. The Red Sox are now the first team in MLB history to hit three grand slams in a single playoff series, joining the 1999 Braves as the only team with three grand slams in a single postseason. Prior to the playoffs, Boston had only three grand slams throughout the whole regular season.
It’s been a treat for fans to watch and they are enjoying every second of it.
“We were actually supposed to come last night but we had some family issues so I ended up just taking off of work, he took off school today and we got to come drive a few hours and come see his first game,” said Jesse Hinkley of Danbury, Connecticut.
“Well actually my husband is a Boston Red Sox fan. I was born and raised here until I was nine so its really exciting that we can come to our first Boston Red Sox game, so we’re really excited about that,” said Arleen Munos of Puerto Rico.
The Red Sox have hit 18 homers in eight games this postseason. The only team with more homers through the first eight games of a postseason was the 2004 Astros. Boston now has ten hits in six consecutive games, the longest streak within a postseason all-time.
- Game 1 October 15: Red Sox 4, Astros 5
- Game 2 October 16: Red Sox 9, Astros 5
- Game 3 October 18: Red Sox 12, Astros 3
The series continues with the following:
- 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.
Nick Pivetta is taking the mound for Boston Tuesday night. This will be his first career postseason start.