After a playoff loss, teams that make it to the Final Four tend to come back strong, and that was exactly the case in Game 2

After a playoff loss, teams that make it to the Final Four tend to come back strong, and that was ex ...

Alex Coras Red Sox dont like it when they play in a postseason game.

The Sox are now 16-5 in playoff games under Cora. After those losses, they are 5-0 with a run differential of plus-32, including Saturdays 9-5 Game 2 ALCS win over the Houston Astros.

In 2018, the Sox defeated the Yankees 16-1, after losing Game 2 of the ALDS. After losing the first game of the series, the Sox defeated the Rays with a 14-6 victory ten days ago. After a 5-4, Game 1 defeat, the Sox jumped to 0-9 lead thanks to two grand slams (J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers) in the first two innings and k Hernndez The Greatest Player in Baseball s solo shot in his fourth.

Take that, you stompin, Stros!

The Sox couldnt have been happier Friday in the seventh, when Houstons veteran shortstop Carlos Correa stopped and looked at his watch after kicking a go-ahead homer off Hansel Robles. It looked a little disrespectful.

It felt a bit like Aaron Judge walking by the Fenway clubhouse with heavebox playing Sinatras New York, New York after the Yankees won in October of 18. It was also reminiscent of the Rays lounging in their dugout eating popcorn as they beat the Red Sox in Game 1 at the Trop Dome.

Game 2 will be released just a few hours after the four-hour, seven-minute epic on Friday. Anticipation was fantastic. The park was full with orange-clad Houstonians, ready to watch their Stros climb to a 2-0 Series lead en route to an uncheated World Series showdown with the Dodgers they robbed in 2017.

Little did they know what they were in for. The game began at 3:21 Central and was over by the time everyone arrived at home for the second half of BYU vs. Baylor on ESPN.

Luis Garcia, a second-year Venezuelan righty, started for Houstons sage skipper, Dusty Baker, and Garcia put in one of the most disappointing performances in postseason lore. He looked like a man who did not want to throw the ball to home plate. In terms of urgency, Garcia mimicked Mark Buehrle by making Daisuke Matsuzaka look like Mark Guehrl.

The kid threw 29 pitches in a 21-minute half-inning. Kyle Schwarber led with a rope double to right. Garcia walked Devers after going ahead 0-2. Alex Verdugo walked Alex Tolu to load the bases. Martinez, who lined it over the wall in right, made it 4-0. Martinez has 28 RBI in 26 postseason games. Eight home runs are in the cards.

Kevin Plawecki stole second and Garcia stole third to end the inning. Garcia had a bad knee and needed to leave, so Baker came out with sandpaper. Jake Odorizzi could get loose in as much time as he wanted.

Odorizzi stole it big time. He stretched. He swam for a long time. He short tossed. Maybe he was trying to freeze Nate Eovaldi in the Sox dugout "I ran up and down the stairs a couple of times and it didnt bother me that much'', EOvaldini said. Odorizzi may have been pointing the finger at everyone. It was, in any case, one of the most offensive advertisements for baseball. Sad but true, MLBs players have no idea how unwatchable they are making their product.

Odorizzi gave up a couple of singles and he lost slams to Devers, but perhaps if 'he had stayed warm longer, - i.e. The Sox became the first team in major league history to hit two grannies in one postseason game and it was still the second inning.

We were seven outs into the game and more than an hour had elapsed. Most of the players (including Baker) would have been happy to call it a day and accept to re-open the series, 1-1, at Fenway on Monday.

Eovaldi said, That took a lot of pressure off my back.

Hernndez hit his millionth homer of the week, adding to that. In the bottom of the fourth, the Stros scored three, but Eovaldi held on for the victory (513 innings). In October of 2021, getting 513 innings from a starter is like getting ten-inning shutout from Jack Morris.

The Sox are in better shape than the Stros going forward. Cora gave up Game 1 the Chris Sale 223-inning start -- when he asked his bullpen to do too much, but despite that, if He goes out of Houston with a split and doesn't use Nick Pivetta or Eduardo Rodriguez, Coro can'' threw 22 runs in ten innings.

Cora, whose October managerial record is Earl Weaver's best since his days, said: "There'a reason we mapped things the way we did."

Houston, on the other hand, has a stifling problem. The Astros may not have enough pitching to stifle the Red Sox. Before the start of the series, Houston's stopper Lance McCullers Jr. was sidelined with a forearm injury. Bakers first two starters havent lasted three innings, and Garcia is out.

Even a team with strong, healthy arms would have difficulty dealing with the work of the Red Sox hitters. Coras lineup is difficult, especially the day after you beat them.

Dont poke the tires of your laundry cart. Dont get the Cora-men mad. They will return the next day to beat you up and steal your lunch money.

See you at Fenway Monday at 8:08 p.m.

Dan Shaughnessy is a Globe columnist. He can be reached at daniel.shaughnessy@globe.com. Dan Schaughnessy is also on Twitter at @dan_shaughinessy.

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