Prof: Howdy friends. My apologies for being MIA lately; it’s really rude of my job to have all of these important meetings and deadlines during the baseball postseason.
Before I get to baseball, I have to say that while baseball season is the best season, it’s 1a. 1b is the beginning of Oscar Prestige Season, in which most of the “important” films are released, just in time for award bait. As an unrepentant film snob, I like to watch these movies a lot. I kicked off my Oscar Prestige Season this year by watching a movie I’ve been highly anticipating, “First Man”, the biopic of Neil Armstrong. It was an absolute triumph. Ryan Gosling used his greatest weakness as an actor – a kind of weird, cerebral coldness – to his advantage as the famously unemotional, detached Armstrong. Claire Foy was excellent as Jan Armstrong, a woman trying to walk the wire between supportive wife and a soul adrift. However, for me the powerhouse performance and one that held the entire movie together was the incredible portrayal of doomed Ed White, played by Jason Clarke. I fully expect these three to have their names announced in many press releases during nomination times for major awards.
Anyway, I know we’re all here for baseball. I have the scoop on Game Two of the American League Championship Series, so let’s get started.
Before we even get started with this recap, it’s important to note that Red Sox ace Chris Sale has been admitted to the hospital with a stomach ailment. Will this throw a wrench in Alex Cora’s plans? Time will tell, but it didn’t matter last night as Cora had another fine pitcher, David Price, starting. Now, Price isn’t generally known as a good postseason player. In fact, he’s notoriously shaky. However, he was just good enough to get the Red Sox within striking distance and bring on their bullpen.
Gerrit Cole got rocked fairly early; coughing up five runs including a three run double off the bat of Jackie Bradley Jr in the third. Houston tried awful hard to claw back – Jose Altuve drove in a run off Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning – but it was too little, too late. Boston tied up the series 1-1 and when next these two teams play, it will be deep in the heart of Texas.
Monday’s game will be a continuation of the NLCS, with Milwaukee traveling to Los Angeles for game three.