We entered Sunday wondering if both postseason series on the American League side would end in sweeps. Now, we move on to Monday with four postseason games on the docket.
• ALDS Game 4, Astros vs. Red Sox: Today, 1 p.m. ET on FS1
• ALDS Game 4, Indians vs. Yankees: Tonight, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
The Red Sox and Yankees survived Game 3 of their respective series to keep their seasons alive, albeit in much different ways. Boston's 10-3 rout of Houston featured a combined 28 hits, while New York's 1-0 squeaker over Cleveland was a classic October pitchers' duel that came down to the very end.
A thrilling Sunday in baseball leads to a hectic day of postseason drama Monday. As we catch our collective breath, here are the facts you should know from Sunday's AL Division Series presented by Doosan action:
The Yankees eke out a classic
• In a postseason defined so far by crooked numbers and a cavalcade of home runs, Sunday night's duel between Masahiro Tanaka (7 IP, 7 K, 3 H) and Carlos Carrasco (5 2/3 IP, 7 K, 3 H) defiantly zagged the other way. Tanaka and Carrasco traded zeros throughout the first two-thirds of the game, and combined for the first game in MLB postseason history in which both starting pitchers recorded scoreless outings with at least seven strikeouts and three hits or fewer allowed.
Sunday's game marked the longest scoreless beginning to any game of the 2017 postseason so far, lasting 6 1/2 innings before Greg Bird opened the scoring with a solo homer into the second deck in right field to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Nationals and Cubs was the only other game to go scoreless for at least five innings this October.
• Carrasco joined Trevor Bauer (Game 1 of the ALDS), Corey Kluber (Game 2 of the 2016 ALDS) and Orel Hershiser (Game 2 of the 1995 ALDS) as the only pitchers in Indians postseason history to record a scoreless start with at least seven strikeouts and three or fewer hits allowed.
• Tanaka became the first Yanks pitcher since Phil Hughes in Game 3 of the 2010 ALDS against the Twins to toss seven scoreless innings in a postseason start. He also became the first to go seven or more scoreless innings with at least seven strikeouts since Roger Clemens in Game 2 of the 2000 World Series against the Mets (eight innings, nine strikeouts).
The only other Yankees starter to throw seven scoreless frames while allowing three or fewer hits in a potential elimination game for the pinstripes was Johnny Kucks in the Yanks' 9-0 victory over the rival Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 7 of the 1956 World Series.
• Prior to Bird's solo homer off Andrew Miller to break a scoreless tie in the seventh, Miller had surrendered three home runs in 223 at-bats against him dating back to the beginning of the regular season. Bird's homer was the second hit by a left-handed batter off Miller this season, joining Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger on June 13.
• Seeing Miller pulled mid-inning for another left-handed pitcher is a rare sight. In fact, it hadn't happened since Miller donned the pinstripes for the Yankees, and was pulled for Albertin Chapman with two outs in the eighth inning on July 9, 2016 -- in a game, oddly enough, against the Indians.
• This is the Yanks' first 1-0 win in postseason play since Game 3 of the 2001 ALDS vs. the A's. That was the only time New York came back from an 0-2 deficit in a five-game series.
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• Chapman recorded a five-out save to keep the Yankees alive. Chapman's fastest pitches of the night clocked in at 103.8 and 103.5 mph, which rank as the fastest and the third-fastest pitches recorded in the postseason by Statcast™ since the technology launched in 2015. Chapman's four strikeout pitches clocked in at 102.3, 102.2, 101.9 and 100.9, respectively, helping him tie Mariano Rivera (Game 3 of the 2001 World Series) and Goose Gossage (Game 2 of the 1981 ALDS) for the most strikeouts in a postseason save by any Yanks pitcher dating back to 1950.
The Red Sox stay alive, too
• David Price tossed four scoreless relief innings to quell the Astros' offense in Game 3, and the lefty hasn't given up a run in his two outings this postseason out of the bullpen. Price became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw at least four scoreless innings of relief in any postseason series since Pedro Martinez in Game 5 of the 1999 ALDS. Only two other Boston pitchers (Tex Hughson in Game 6 of the 1946 World Series and Ray Collins in Game 6 of the 1912 Fall Classic) had ever thrown at least four scoreless innings of relief in a postseason game before Martinez, and now Price.
Price's 57 pitches on Sunday were the most Red Sox reliever in the postseason since Tim Wakefield threw 64 in Game 3 of the 2004 AL Championship Series.
• At 20 years and 349 days old, Rafael Devers became the youngest player in Red Sox history and the fifth-youngest player in MLB history to homer in the postseason. Devers passed Andrew Benintendi on Boston's list. Benintendi homered in Game 1 of last year's ALDS at 22 years, 92 days old. The only younger players to go yard in the playoffs were Jose Cabrera, Manny Machado, Bryce Harper and Andruw Jones.
• Hanley Ramirez went 4-for-4 and provided critical insurance runs with a bases-loaded double in the seventh that pushed the Red Sox ahead by three runs. He is the first Boston player since Spike Owen in Game 6 of the 1986 ALCS to get a hit in every at-bat (minimum four at-bats) in a postseason game.
On the other side, Yuli Gurriel went 4-for-4 as well in the Astros' losing effort, marking the first time in postseason history that at least two players recorded a hit in each turn at the plate (minimum four).