Aside from Shane Victorino the Red Sox went into Game 1 of the ALCS blind against Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez. Victorino had seen him plenty of times dating back to their Phillies-Marlins days but the rest of the Boston roster had a combined 43 plate appearances against the veteran right-hander. There was very little history and it showed.
With his kitchen sink approach Sanchez held the Red Sox hitless for six innings in Game 1 striking out 12 in the eventual 1-0 win. He did walk six batters in those six innings something he attributed to having a ton of movement on his pitches that night.
"My pitches moved really good that day" said Sanchez on Wednesday. "When they didn't swing the ball went down ... I was ahead in the count which helped me strike them out. I think that was the key. That helped me that day."
Sanchez threw a first pitch strike to only 11 of 25 batters faced in Game 1 (44.0-percent) a rate that was well below his season average (61.5-percent). He did howeve...