Red Sox make playoff history: Grand slams in first two innings of ALCS Game 2
HOUSTON - Four outs committed, two grand slams. That's the sort of pace that gets a team right back into a postseason series.
So it went Saturday afternoon at Minute Maid Park, when the Boston Red Sox made postseason history by slugging grand slams in the first two innings of Game 2 of their American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros.
It marked the first time a team hit multiple grand slams in a playoff game, let alone the first two innings.
Just hours after the Astros claimed Game 1 on Friday night , this ALCS tilted quickly in Boston's direction, with J.D. Martinez riding a Luis Garcia pitch out to right field for a first-inning slam and a quick 4-0 lead.
When Garcia, a rookie right-hander, walked No. 8 hitter Kevin Plawecki on four pitches to begin the top of the second, the Astros infield converged on the mound and shortstop Carlos Correa motioned for a trainer to visit the mound.
After a lengthy consultation, Garcia was removed and Jake Odorizzi - a candidate to start Game 4 - was summoned.
Odorizzi had not pitched since Oct. 2, was left off the AL Division Series roster and, by rule, could take as much time as necessary to get ready.
And he took full advantage, long tossing and firing some fastballs on flat ground before getting into his warm-up tosses - a 15-minute delay, all told.
It merely delayed more suffering.
Odorizzi gave up singles to Christian Arroyo and Kiké Hernández, sandwiched around a strikeout of Kyle Schwarber. But the veteran whose fastball sits in the low 90s could not sneak one by Boston third baseman Rafael Devers, who slugged an offering just inside the foul pole in the right field corner.
Eight to zero.
“J.D.'s swing was huge to get us on the board early, and then Raffy, same thing, another granny,” red-hot teammate Kiké Hernández said. “Has that ever happened before?”
The Red Sox cruised to a 9-5 victory to even the series and now head back to Fenway Park for Game 3 on Monday.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Red Sox make playoff history: Grand slams in first two innings of ALCS Game 2