After experiencing a first part of the game with several forward exchanges, the Houston Astros exploded with five touchdowns in the seventh inning to beat the Chicago White for the second time in the American League Division Series (ALDS) with a score of 9-4. Sox at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Neither of the two starters, Lucas Giolito and Framber Valdez, could even reach the five regulation innings to aspire to victory in the match, since both worked for 4.1 innings, and both allowed four annotations, which gave up the responsibility of the I play bullpen. But it was the Astros who got the better part in this strategy game, as their relievers only allowed four hits for the rest of the game, with four strikeouts.
And this result is not good news for the White Sox, since, according to ESPN group Stats & Info, the winner of the first two games in a five-game series is 75-11 in those series (he has won in 87% of the time).
“Neither of the two starters could walk deep in the game. And the relievers of both teams could not contain the offense with legacy running backs,” said ESPNDeportes editor Damián Delgado Averhoff. “But then the Houston relievers contained the Sox offense and the Chicago relievers had a bad afternoon.”
“On a positive note for the Sox is the fact that the 1st, 2nd and 3rd stints responded with eight singles in 10 at-bats, agreeing with La Russa who moved the lineup in relation to Game 1 looking for offense and because the starter of The Astros’ Framber Valdez is left-handed. He raised Luis Robert to 2nd and dropped Yoan Moncada, an ambidextrous who has better numbers hitting from the left side of the plate, to 6th. “
“Several Astros players went into the countdown to put a Giolito to work who had pitched complete games the last two times he faced Houston. They were disciplined and it paid off,” Delgado added.
“For those who did not follow the Astros much, well, nice to meet you … Kyle Tucker!” Exclaimed journalist and producer Leonte Landino of Houston’s second win in the series. “His calling card is 30 HR and 92 RBIs this season. If as a pitcher you want to avoid Bergman, Yordan Álvarez, Yuli Gurriel and Carlos Correa, then you have to fight Tucker. That home run from today’s game was devastating and even more so against Craig Kimbrel who proves once again that he is no longer the intractable of the past. “
Landino also praised Dusty Baker for managing his staff. “Dusty Baker knew the importance of this game and handled his bullpen flawlessly and everyone responded.”
And that same detail was emphasized by ESPNDeportes.com Senior Editor Héctor Cruz, proclaiming Baker as ‘the hero’ of the game, because of how he moved his chips in the match.
“Baker’s pulse didn’t tremble to get Valdez out when he saw that he was flagging. And his bullpen responded flawlessly,” Cruz said.
Delgado Averhoff wanted to highlight the great work of Cubans Robert and Yordan Álvarez, who have shone with the bat in these first two games.
“Luis Robert has hit 7-5, 1 BB and has reached base 7 of the 8 times he has stopped in the batter’s box. And Alvarez returned to produce at the good hour, connecting the hit that made the difference in the slate for 5-4 “.
It’s important to note that the White Sox have had 10 hits in the first two games, but all singles. In fact, they are the first team without extra-base hits in the first two games of a postseason series since the 2003 Marlins did it in the 2003 World Series, a fact that the South Side are happy to know, as the Florida Fish they won that series.
“The series returns to Chicago, and that will be an important factor. The White Sox are a proud team, and they defend their home very well, so I expect a great reaction on the South Side of the city. I still do not consider them dead. “Cruz added.
But Landino disagreed, stating that “when the Astros play like today they are scary and look like champions, maybe this win was that confidence boost they need.”