The Red Sox cruised through the ALDS on the backs of strong pitching and a balance, consistent offense.
It was a different story in the Game 1 of the ALCS. Oh, the pitching was good to be sure, but as for that balanced, consistent offense...
Not so much.
The Sox manage just one hit - a 1-out single in the ninth inning by Daniel Nava.
By that time, Anibal Sanchez and a collection of receivers has successfully mowed down the Sox lineup, finishing the night with 17 strikeouts.
Jon Lester allowed just a single run, but that was too much on a night when his counterpart was quite literally un-hittable.
The Sox and Tigers are back for Game 2 on Sunday at Fenway.