Fan Interference Call Riles Baseball Playoffs

Arnold Nichols
October 19, 2018

Boston will advance to the World Series, where they'll face the National League series victor.

Had he not made the catch, all three runs likely would've scored, and the Red Sox would've lost the game.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he was "very happy" for pitcher David Price after his outstanding showing in Game 5 of the ALCS.

That blast snapped a 26-inning scoreless streak for Verlander in elimination games and gave Price the cushion he needed to find his rhythm. But the playoffs are all about matchups and Price has always matched up well with the Astros. The upshot is that Caldwell may have cost his team a two-run home run in an American League finals game the Astros ended up losing by, yes, two runs. They out-hit the Astros this series. He had gone 24 consecutive innings since the last time he allowed a run in an elimination start, tied with Madison Bumgarner for the longest such streak in Major League Baseball history.

The score stayed that way until the top of the sixth, when Verlander allowed a double to Mitch Moreland to start the inning. "You would like to see a two-run homer be a two-run homer, especially to tie the game". It's his teammates' fault for not backing him up - at all - at the plate.

Martinez reached the World Series by beating the team that released him during spring training four years ago.

After dropping the opener at home, Boston took four straight - including three in a row in Houston to improve to 5-0 on the road in these playoffs.


Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer as the Red Sox stunned Justin Verlander to win the best-of-seven set 4-1.

Instead of a homer, Altuve was ruled out. It's safe to say, he was feeling it.

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth inning, earning his fifth save of the postseason and third of the ALCS. He also looked quite satisfied to see his teammate get the ideal revenge against Astros third baseman Alex Bregman.

Price (1-0) worked around a two-out single by Altuve in the first inning and a leadoff single by Yuli Gurriel in the second.

Houston was trying to become the first team since the 2000 New York Yankees to win back-to-back rings. However, Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts tracked the ball to the wall and made a leaping attempt to catch it.

Betts and the Red Sox then protested that the fan interfered with the catch, and after a long conference, the umpires decided that it was fan interference.

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