This year's team, wearing "Houston Strong" patches to support the city that was flooded in Hurricane Harvey, is hoping to finish the job.
The 20-year-old Red Sox rookie easily circled the bases before the throw to make it 5-4.
That included Bregman's tone-setting home run against Chris Sale in Game 1 (he'd hit the tying homer in Game 4 too), as well as Reddick's two hits and an RBI in Game 4. Tanaka's lone MLB postseason start came in the 2015 Wild Card Game, where he went five innings and gave up two earned runs on four hits. Houston tied the game in the 8th inning after a solo home run by Alex Bregman, and reclaimed the lead on an RBI-single by Josh Reddick later on in the inning.
"As far as the rest of the year, I felt like it was a big improvement for me", he said. But at the end of the day, this was a team that was too preoccupied with what was going on outside of the clubhouse, too obsessed with pointing fingers and avoiding admission of failure.
The tire marks were still fresh on the players' chests last Oct. 11 when the Red Sox called dual Fenway Park news conferences to discuss the fallout from an American League Division Series whipping by the Cleveland Indians.
Porcello gave it right back though after a lead-off triple to Yuli Gurriel in the second. "I know we didn't achieve our goals, but I'm proud of how everybody went about their business and showed up for everybody and played to win". "We worked hard. came down to the wire, it was a close game. this one definitely sucks". And they always knew that the only way to truly move forward was to not let their next ALDS series slip away.
In New York, Greg Bird led off the bottom of the seventh with a homer, and Aroldis Chapman posted a five-out save as the Yankees staved off elimination. "This is what we live for".
Dombrowski also has learned over the past three seasons that managing the Red Sox is different than managing other teams. "Take a little time off, get back to the drawing board and make another run at it next year".
No team is ever quite deep enough in pitching (even the Maddux/Glavine/Smoltz Braves had bullpen issues), but the Red Sox are as deep as they have been in years.
The Dodgers, who won 104 games for the best record in baseball and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, face the winner of the Nationals-Cubs series for the NL championship.
Bird helped the Yankees force Game 4 on Monday when he lifted a fastball on a 1-1 count from left-hander Andrew Miller into the second deck in right field.
It's time for a change in Boston. The players are infected, too, as Dustin Pedroia's Peter Chiarelli-like postgame comments on Monday would indicate. "You walk into that room every day and you're happy to be there".
Rafael Devers cut the Astros' deficit to one with an inside-the-park home run, his second of the playoffs, to lead off the Boston ninth against closer Ken Giles.
Hinch's 2017 Astros started to blow it again.
The Red Sox had held the lead earlier by taking a page out of Houston's strategy - scoring runs with the long ball. A decisive Game 5 is Wednesday night in Cleveland, with the winner advancing to play Houston in the AL Championship Series.
In the NHL the Boston Bruins turned in their first dud of the season, shut out 4-0 by the Colorado Avalanche.
Xander Bogaerts also homered for the AL East champion Red Sox, and Hanley Ramirez had two hits a day after going 4 for 4 in Boston's only postseason win since the end of the 2013 World Series. "This is a team that can do a lot of special things". And in the meantime, he finds a way to help us win a game, " Francona said before Game 4.
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