HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — A single bat was the difference in a one-run win for the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Thursday night.
Here are the main highlights of the ground defended by the ‘Stros.
Breggy detonates a bomb to take the lead
The game’s opening runs came courtesy of Alex Bregman, who, with two outs and two runners on base in the third inning, crushed Luis Severino’s four-seam fastball 360 feet left.
Astros led 3-0.
Immediately after that, at the top of round four, Framber Valdez was charged with an error when, with Aaron Judge at the start, he dropped a low pop-up from Giancarlo Stanton and knocked down to first, sending the riders through to the second and third.
Valdez would then allow two RBIs, each on sacrifice ground and one hit in the field.
The Astros’ lead was reduced, 3-2, which would be unchanged going into the seventh inning.
The king of quality begins its first rounds
For a second straight playoff game, an Astros starting pitcher was able to outlast his Yankee counterpart.
Framber Valdez, whose 2022 was marked by his streak of 25 straight quality starts, pitched seven four-hit baseball innings, allowing just two runs — both unearned — on 101 pitches.
After his fourth inning error, Valdez regained control, throwing five of his total nine strikeouts for the remainder of the run.
In contrast, Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino was retired after five-and-a-third innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs, all scored on Bregman’s homer.
Tuck robs the judge
The Yankees were indeed threatening the head of the Astros from the Bregman homer.
The closest attempt to pass Houston came in the eighth inning with Aaron Judge at bat with a runner on base and Houston’s Bryan Abreu relieving.
The judge, who plays in right field, threw a first-pitch fly ball to deep right where his counterpart, Kyle Tucker, only made a slight leap against the wall to grab the second out of the inning.
Abreu would escape that inning with a strikeout from Giancarlo Stanton.
Ryan Pressly came in the ninth to close the door on the Yankees. Houston has a 2-0 lead over the ALCS.
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yes the roof was open
And, no, the roof of Minute Maid Park (the roof) wasn’t on fire, but it certainly didn’t need water, even though the crowd was still on fire.
Not a cloud was over downtown Houston as the first pitch was thrown.
So why was the roof open? It’s a call from Major League Baseball. Typically, the Astros organization could make that call if the temperature and humidity dropped to a certain point. MLB makes that decision in the playoffs, however.
Game 2 marks only the sixth time in franchise playoff history that the roof has been open. The Astros improved to 2-4 when playing away at home in the playoffs.
Golden’ Stros: Houston well represented as finalists for top defender award
Rookie Jeremy Peña’s banner in the regular season — and in the playoffs, really — could mean honorary material at the end of the season.
Prior to Game 2, the Astros shortstop was named one of three finalists to his position for the AL Gold Glove. The other finalists are Boston’s Xander Bogaerts and Minnesota’s Carlos Correa, whom Peña replaced in Houston.
Outfielder Kyle Tucker joins Peña as the only other Astros representative to become a finalist. He earned his second straight right field nomination.
Fans of Peña, Tucker and Astros will find out about the Gold Glove winners during a special edition of ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” Nov. 1 at 4 p.m., which takes place ahead of Game 4 of the upcoming World Series.
2022 AL Championship Series: Astros lead 1-0
- Game 1: Astros 4, Yankees 2
- Game 2: Astros 3, Yankees 2
- Game 3: at the New York Yankees, Saturday, 4:07 p.m.
- Game 4: at the New York Yankees, Sunday, October 23, 6:07 p.m.
- 5* game: at the New York Yankees, Monday, October 24, 3:07 p.m. or 4:07 p.m.
- Game 6*: in Houston, Tuesday, October 25, 5:07 p.m. or 6:37 p.m.
- Game 7*: in Houston, Wednesday, October 26, 6:37 p.m.
All times listed are CDT. Games 5 to 7 are if necessary*.
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