Astros fail in game one

Astros fail in game one

HOUSTON – Dusty Baker tried to minimize the mistakes of his Houston Astros and give credit to the Atlanta Braves, who won the first game of the World Series almost from the first inning.

Atlanta’s 6-2 win over Houston was actually a combination of batting and motivation against very poor pitching in the first three innings, caused by the nerve that causes the debut in a Fall Classic.

“It was my first World Series,” said Astros starter Framber Valdez. “I’m not going to tell you that I didn’t feel pressure or that I didn’t feel tension either. I did everything I could to reduce my nerves, lower the adrenaline I was feeling. But it didn’t go well for me. “

People were still sitting down at Minute Maid Park when Valdez allowed Jorge Soler on his third home run in his first at-turn since he was injured in Game 2 of the Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

By the time Valdez finished his job, long before his fans would have thought, particularly given the great display he gave in his second outing of the Championship Series, he had already allowed eight hits, including two home runs, for five runs, without power. get one out of the third inning.

“It’s a shock when you come off a great outing like the one he had and then the first hitter you face knocks the ball out of the park,” manager Dusty Baker said. “We had to compete against it from the beginning.”

It was difficult for the Astros, who when they took the bat for the first time they were already losing 2-0 and by the third inning it was 5-0. It was similar to the first start against the Boston Red Sox that Valdez had in these playoffs, although the big difference this time was the bullpen calming the Braves offense.

Among five relievers they allowed only one run. But people in the stadium waited for the answer at the most opportune moments from the team that has played the best with the bat all season.

“We had bases loaded in the first inning,” Baker said. “(Ozzie) Albies made a great play because if the ball passes, it goes 2-2 with a runner on third and who knows what would have happened. That was an example of the way his defense also played at the highest level early on.

The Astros hit one hit nine times with runners in scoring position and left nine players on the bases. So it is difficult to beat a team that is as funky as the National League champion.

“Throughout the postseason we’ve had a number of hits with two outs,” the manager said. “That was the difference actually in the game. We had no hits with two outs this time. The ball just didn’t bounce off our side tonight. Botó of theirs “.

The Astros are a team that is in its third World Series in five years and has been in similar situations repeatedly. They have never won the first of the Fall Classic in their four presentations (2005, 2017, 2019 and 2021).

They are aware that there is a lot of series to be played against Atlanta yet. But they also recognize that they must win this Wednesday to get to Atlanta tied or it will be difficult with the three games there trying to be crowned.

In fact, the odds are already attacking them, even though they have only played one game. 15 of the last 18 teams and 20 of 23 to win Game 1 were crowned in the World Series.

“I still believe in this team and that this lineup will come back,” outfielder Michael Brantley said. “It is only a game. They played really well and we didn’t. Tomorrow we are going to put on our pants, our shoes and we are going to go out to play again ”.

But to beat a Braves in which the nine players who started in their lineup connected at least one team, they are going to need better pitching from Mexican José Urquidy and also better hitting from the core of all-star players.

José Altuve, Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa had no hits in 12 combined at-bats. Brantley had three hits; Gurriel, 2, and Yordan Álvarez a triple.

“Tomorrow we just have to focus on Game 2,” Brantley considered. “This team knows how to do well. It is only mentally one match at a time always. We lost tonight, but we already look forward. Tomorrow we return, we play a better game and I hope we win. “

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