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Eovaldi and JBJ carry Sox past Astros in Gm-3

Eovaldi and JBJ carry Sox past Astros in Gm-3

GAME 3 SIGNIFICANCE: Of the previous 21 Game 3s in ALCS history that occurred with the teams tied at one game apiece, the Game 3 winner has gone on to win the ALCS 16 times (76 percent).

SLAM DANCING: JACKIE BRADLEY JR.’S eighth-inning grand slam was the sixth Postseason grand slam in Red Sox history and the first since SHANE VICTORINO’S in Game 6 of the 2013 ALCS…Five of the six grand slams in Red Sox history have come in the ALCS: Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS by JOHNNY DAMON; Game 6 of the 2007 ALCS by J.D. DREW; Game 2 of the 2013 ALCS by DAVID ORTIZ; Victorino’s in Game 6 of the 2013 ALCS; and Bradley Jr.’s…The only other Red Sox player to hit a grand slam in the Postseason was TROY O’LEARY in Game 5 of the 1999 ALDS…The Red Sox hit 10 grand slams during the 2018 regular season.

CLUTCH RBI: JACKIE BRADLEY JR. had one hit and one walk in 19 bases loaded plate appearances during the regular season, but had a three-run double in Game 2 of the ALCS and a grand slam in Game 3…Bradley Jr. is the 24th player in Postseason history to have back-to-back games with at least three RBI, with the MLB record of three straight Postseason games with at least three RBI held by GRAIG NETTLES of the Yankees in Games 1, 2 and 3 of the 1981 ALCS vs. the Athletics and the Red Sox’s NOMAR GARCIAPARRA in Games 1, 2 and 3 of the 1998 ALDS vs. the Indians.

FORCE PLAY: MITCH MORELAND’S hit-by-pitch in the eighth inning forced in a run, the 56th time a Boston batter has been hit by a pitch in the Postseason and the first time a HBP has resulted in an RBI for the Red Sox.

AGELESS PEARCE: STEVE PEARCE’S sixth-inning homer was the first of his Postseason career and makes him the fifth-oldest Red Sox player – at 35 years, 186 days – to homer in the Postseason…Each of the four Red Sox players – DON BAYLOR, DAVID ORTIZ (four times), JASON VARITEK (two times) and CARL YASTRZEMSKI – who were older than Pearce when they homered had previously homered in the Postseason, making Pearce the oldest Red Sox player to hit his first Postseason home run.

PEARCE ARROW: STEVE PEARCE has recorded at least one hit and scored at least one run in each of his six starts in the 2018 Postseason…The only other Red Sox player to match Pearce in six consecutive starts in a single postseason is MIKE LOWELL in 2007.

K-LESS PITCH SOURCE: With no strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work in Game 3, DALLAS KEUCHEL became the first Postseason starting pitcher with 5.0 or more innings worked and no strikeouts since JEREMY GUTHRIE of the Royals in Game 3 of the 2014 W orld Series… Keuchel is the 35th starter in Postseason history with such a pitching line and the third in ALCS history, with the first two both coming in 2002 by RICK REED of the Twins in Game 2 against the Angels and followed by teammate JOE MAYS in Game 5.

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