The Red Sox’s season came to an end Friday night, as they suffered a two-hit, 5-0 loss to the Astros in Game 6 of the ALCS to eliminate them from the playoffs.
11 popouts with the season on the line was not ideal for Boston either.
Nathan Eovaldi, with the pressure on, was what the Sox needed. Despite going just 4 2/3, he allowed just one run — which wasn’t necessarily his fault. Kiké Hernandez dropped a fly ball off the bat of Alex Bregman in center, at the warning track, setting up an RBI double from Yordan Alvarez to put Houston up 1-0 in the first inning.
Eovaldi then tossed a flawless next three innings, and was removed in the fifth with one out before Josh Taylor finished the inning. Tanner Houck was assigned the sixth, but let up a triple to Carlos Correa and a groundout would allow him to score — making it 2-0.
Houck, after hurling a run-less seventh, started the eighth by letting up a pair of singles before Adam Ottavino was summoned on with one out. Ottavino retired Correa, for the second out, but Kyle Tucker put the game on ice with a three-run blast into the left field seats to make it a five-run deficit.
Boston’s two hits were a Hernandez two-out triple in the sixth — which he never scored on — and an Alex Verdugo single in the seventh. The Sox also went 10-for-90 in their final three games of the year, after being up 2-1 in the series.
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