BOSTON -- After a cold and drizzly afternoon, the weather turned fall-like -- crisp but reasonably comfortable -- for Game 1 of the ALCS. Unfortunately for the sellout crowd of 38,210, there was precious little to cheer about in the Red Sox' 1-0, Game 1 loss Saturday night.
The Sox were nearly no-hit, struck out 17 times, had only three legitimate scoring chances (in the first, sixth and ninth innings), and generally had the crowd sitting on its hands for the interminable 3 hours and 56 minutes of play.
Even the spectators' attempts at intimidation backfired. They serenaded PED suspendee Jhohnny Peralta with chants of "STER-OIDS!" and "USER!", but he got the last laugh by singling home the only run of the game.
They get another crack at it tonight at 8:15 p.m.
Now for some postgame notes, courtesy of the Red Sox' P.R. department:
-- In 43 previous ALCS matchups, the team winning Game 1 has gone on to win the series 27 times, or 63 percent of the series played.
-- Since the introduction of the seven-game series in 1985, 15 of 27 (56 percent) teams winning Game 1 have gone on to win the series.
-- In 7 of the last 13 ALCS, the team losing Game 1 has gone on to win the series.
-- Anibal Sanchez became the fourth pitcher in postseason history to throw at least six hitless innings in one game. Don Larsen and Roy Halladay threw no-hitters on Oct. 8, 1956 and Oct. 6, 2010, respectively – the only pitchers to throw complete-game no-hitters in the postseason. And Pedro Martinez of the Red Sox threw six no-hit innings in relief on Oct. 11, 1999 in Game 5 of the ALDS vs. Cleveland.
-- Sanchez became just the second pitcher in postseason history to record 12 strikeouts and 6 walks in the same game, joining Hall of Famer Walter Johnson, who struck out 12 and walked 6 in Game 1 of the 1924 World Series in 12 innings.
-- Miguel Cabrera's first-inning single extended his streak of reaching base safely in postseason games with the Tigers to 30, extending his big-league postseason record.
-- Prior to Saturday, the Red Sox had been shut out at home in a postseason game only once – Game 5 of the 1918 World Series against the Cubs, where the Red Sox lost, 3-0.
-- Saturday’s game marked the first 1-0 postseason game in the history of Fenway Park.
-- The Tigers won Game 1 of an ALCS for the fourth time, following wins in the first games of the 2012, 2006 and 1984 ALCS. Each previous time, the Tigers went on to win the series.
-- Jon Lester now has a quality start in each of his four career outings in Game 1 of a postseason series and is the fourth pitcher in postseason history with a quality start in each of his first 4 Game 1 starts, joining John Smoltz (6), Dave Stewart (5) and Cole Hamels (4).