MLB’s 12-team postseason bracket has already been whittled down to eight contenders. Now, the top two finishers in each league advance to the Division Series. After advancing directly to their ALDS and NLDS slots via the Byes, the Astros, Yankees, Cheaters And The brave ones Accepts challenges.
Game 1 saw Houston The Astros snatched a win from the Mariners in heroic, historic fashion. They move on to Game 2 on Thursday against Seattle ace Luis Castillo. In a twist, it’s the only Game 2 on Thursday. A scheduled matchup between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Guardians Postponed to Friday afternoon due to rain in the Bronx.
Another clutch Yordan Alvarez The homer gave the Astros a 2-0 series lead
This time he struck out earlier, but Astros slugger Yordon Alvarez struck out again. His two-run homer in the sixth inning was enough to break the fine streak of Mariners starter Luis Castillo. The Astros now have a 2-0 series lead as the series heads to Seattle.
Alvarez, the hero of Game 1 in the top of the sixth with Houston trailing, 2-1, and rookie shortstop Jeremy Rock Standing on the first floor. Castillo carefully outplayed Alvarez after the trade deadline to win another key game for his new team. It didn’t matter. His second 98 mph hitter left the park off the plate and Alvarez flew it into the Crawford box in left field. The next time he came, in the eighth, the marines did not approach him at all, but deliberately walked facing him. Alex BregmanWho also made them pay with an RBI single.
Astros starter though Framber Valdez Struggled with his command at times, walking three, he allowed just two runs (one earned) in 5 2/3 innings. Hector Neris escaped in the sixth and set up Alvarez’s blast. closely Ryan Presley Julio Rodriguez worked a walk and double to close out the 4-2 victory.
The first postseason game in Seattle since 2001 will be an elimination game for the young Mariners. They will send rookie pitcher George Kirby to the mound in Saturday’s Game 3 in hopes of preserving what has been a magical season for at least one more day. The Astros, meanwhile, are one win away from their sixth consecutive ALCS appearance. They would hand the ball off to Lance McCullers Jr. and take over.
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