It didn’t take long for the Boston Red Sox to bounce back from their loss in the opening game of the American League Championship Series, scoring two Grand Slams in the first two innings of their 9-5 win over the Houston Astros in Game 2 on Saturday.
In doing so, they became the first team in MLB history to win two Grand Slams in a postseason game, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
The Red Sox started the offensive attack in the first inning. After a brace from Kyle Schwarber and back-to-back marches to Rafael Devers and Alex Verdugo, JD Martinez hit a home run against Houston starter Luis Garcia over the right-field fence that allowed Boston to lead 4- 0.
“This situation, the pressure is on him,” Martinez said. “It’s not for me to pass there. It’s the first round. He’s got the bases loaded. I try to tell myself that, I try to stay relaxed and I’m just looking for a throw so I can just be able to. put a barrel on it. “
The Red Sox followed in the second set with a walk from Kevin Plawecki, who preceded Garcia’s departure due to injury.
After Houston brought in pitcher Jake Odorizzi, Red Sox second baseman Christian Arroyo scored on a ball in right field and Kiké Hernández scored on a line in left field. Devers then smashed a homerun in right field, placing Boston in the lead 8-0 by the end of the second inning.
“We hit the bat well,” said manager Alex Cora. “We played well. They’re a tough team. It’s never a comfort to them because they’re far from coming back in the game. But yes, that’s something we talked about today, and now we’re going to Fenway and that should be fun. “
According to ESPN Stats & Information research, only five teams have already reached two Grand Slams in the first two innings of a regular season game, including the Los Angeles Dodgers this season.
Hernandez added to the offensive offense, which hit his fifth homer in five games in the fourth inning to give Boston a 9-0 lead. The homeroom follows the Red Sox center fielder’s exceptional performance in Game 1, when he landed two homers, a double and a single.
The first lead instilled confidence in the Red Sox to tie the series together.
“To be able to take that lead and hand the ball over to Nate and Nate to do exactly what he did,” Martinez said. “It was stopping them really quickly and getting us back into the box, I think that’s what changed the whole game.”