Alex Cora ejected during Game 1 of ALCS

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Cora was apparently yelling at the umpires after the inning and got tossed.

"No, no, none of the above", Cora said. But it did, and now I've seen that happen, and if, thousands more baseball games down the road, I see it happen again, I'll be able to say, "yes, I actually have seen that one before". After Verlander exited with a pitch count at 90, the ultra-deep Houston bullpen took over with Ryan Pressly tossing a scoreless seventh followed by Lance McCullers Jr. dealing up a one-two-three eighth.

The teams combined for just eight hits, but Red Sox pitchers walked 10 and hit three batters.

With Sale struggling in Game 1 and the Sox trailing in the series, Boston's ALCS hopes rest on a man who is arguably the worst postseason pitcher alive.

Many in Boston's vociferous media chattering class called for Price to be pulled from the rotation and wondered why a guy with such a bummer of a playoff history was given the start in the first place.

George Springer extended his postseason hitting streak to 10 games with a two-run single off Chris Sale in the second, and Correa delivered a single off Joe Kelly (0-1) that made it 3-2 after Verlander's laborious inning.

"But you can't argue balls and strikes". Houston only had five hits. This came after the offense scored two runs to tie the game at two in the frame against Justin Verlander. Benintendi didn't take the lumber off his shoulder for ONE pitch of that fifth-inning at-bat, which was Boston's golden opportunity to shift the momentum in Game 1.

When the Astros opened the scoring in the second with a pair of runs off Sale, the rally started with two outs and went like this: Walk, walk, hit by pitch, walk, single. We're not gonna give up.

Both starters - and in particular Sale - struggled at times with walks, errors and hit batsmen with what was certainly a freakish four hour, three minute opening to the highly anticipated series.

The vaunted Verlander focus certainly wasn't sidetracked by the 108-win Red Sox and the sellout crowd at Fenway.

And the historic old ball park may have even more nervous energy in Game 2 with David Price not only in search of his first playoff win as a starter.

We can't look at one particular moment that decided a 7-2 game but the final score undersells how close Game 1 was - or at least should have been.

Cole was 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA in the regular season.

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