WATCH: Boston Red Sox Dominate Houston Astros With Two Monstrous Grand Slams in the ALCS

Published 10/17/2021, 8:45 AM EDT
Oct 16, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) is congratulated by third baseman Rafael Devers (11) after hitting a grand slam against the Houston Astros during the first inning in game two of the 2021 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


The Boston Red Sox quickly left the disappointment of Friday behind to record an emphatic victory over the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS yesterday. While Friday’s game saw a tight finish, yesterday’s game saw nothing of that sort as the Red Sox triumphed with the scoreline reading 9-5.

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Although nine runs may not seem like much, the manner in which they scored them stunned millions. Eight of those nine runs came in the first two innings itself, with J. D. Martinez and Rafael Devers striking huge hits.

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The Boston Red Sox smash two Grand Slams in Game 2 of the ALCS

Kyle Schwarber started yesterday’s game with a double in the top of the first inning. A few plays later, the Red Sox loaded all bases and Martinez stepped up to the home plate. The 34-year-old smashed a 94mph pitch from Astros pitcher Luis Garcia straight into the stands on the right side of the field.

This gave them a commanding 4-0 lead, and their night only got better from here on for the Red Sox. In the top of the second inning, they loaded all bases once again and Rafael Devers stepped up to the home plate.

During the inning, Jake Odorizzi replaced Garcia since the latter suffered from discomfort in his right knee. Devers sent an 89mph pitch from the former out of the field, just inside the foul pole to score another Grand Slam for the Red Sox.

This gave the Red Sox a stunning 8-0 lead, which was the scoreline at the end of the second inning. Enrique “Kike” Hernandez continued his stellar form in the postseason, scoring a solo home run in the fourth inning.

This took the Red Sox up 9-0, which they followed up with good quality pitching. Although the Astros attempted a comeback, they could only score five runs in the innings that remained.

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The series now moves to Fenway Park

The Red Sox’s victory arguably changed the complexion of this game, as they now head home to Boston for the next three games.

Oct 16, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) is congratulated by first baseman Kyle Schwarber (18) and left fielder Alex Verdugo (99) after hitting a grand slam against the Houston Astros during the first inning in game two of the 2021 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

They made a strong statement in yesterday’s game in Houston, which would boost their confidence when playing in Fenway Park. Game 3 of this best-of-seven series takes place on Monday, October 18.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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