ALCS Game 2: Tigers lead Red Sox, 1-0
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Fenway Park
TV/Radio: FOX/93.7 WEEI
John Farrell’s club will look to bounce back Sunday night after being one-hit in Game 1 of the ALCS by a combination of Tigers pitchers. Clay Buchholz will take the ball for the Red Sox. Max Scherzer will counter for Detroit.
Buchholz and Scherzer were two of the more impressive pitchers in the AL during the regular season. Scherzer led the AL in wins, while Buchholz pitched to an undefeated record prior to hitting the disabled list. He is now looking sharp again and dispatched the Rays with ease in his ALDS appearance. Scherzer beat Oakland twice in the their ALDS series.
The Boston lineup collectively combined for an eye-popping 17 K’s in Game 1. Johnny Gomes will be inserted into the starting lineup Sunday with the hopes of generating some offense following a dismal showing last night.
Farrell spoke about succeeding in chasing Anibal Sanchez out of the game early on Saturday. He was happy that his team was able to work the count deep and in turn drive up the opposing pitcher’s pitch count. They will use the same approach tonight and hopefully push across a few runs.
This tilt figures to be another low scoring affair. Buchholz and Scherzer both have electric stuff and when on, opposing hitters struggle mightily. Don’t count on the Red Sox hitters being silenced again.
Boston is a club that has shown great resiliency all season long. They have an uncanny ability to quickly put a tough loss behind them, forget about it entirely and get back to playing winning baseball.
Red Sox players made it clear that they will be ready to go following Saturday’s Game 1 loss. They understand the nature of playoff baseball and what it will take to get the job done.