Yankees Take Down Astros in Game 1

Gleyber Torres was the energizer bunny for the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the ALCS on the road against the Houston Astros.

Torres went 3-for-5 with one home run and four RBI’s in a 7-0 win for New York over Houston.

He hit a home run in the sixth-inning off of Zack Greinke. It was a solo shot and Giancarlo Stanton also hit a solo shot off of Greinke in that inning as well to go up 3-0 for the Yankees.

Gleyber Torres hit an RBI double in the fourth-inning and he also busted the game open on a 2-run single with two outs in the seventh-inning.

Gio Urshela hit a solo shot off of Bryan Abreu in the ninth-inning for New York.

Gleyber Torres also had an RBI groundout in the ninth-inning as well for the New York Yankees and D.J. LeMahieu scored on the play from third base.

Masahiro Tanaka (1-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for New York. He pitched six scoreless innings and he only gave one hit. Tanaka walked one batter and struck out four.

He was yanked from the game after 68 pitches. Manager Aaron Boone decided to go his bullpen in the seventh-inning despite Masahiro Tanaka’s strong start. Boone is lucky he did not get burned.

Zack Greinke (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for the Astros. He pitched six innings and gave up seven hits and three runs. Greinke walked zero batters and struck out six.

This is going to be a long series, but I don’t expect blowouts in every single game. The projected pitching match up for Game 2 on Sunday night in Houston, Texas will be James Paxton (15-6, 3.82 ERA) for New York and Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) for Houston.

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Astros Advance to ALCS For Third Straight Season

The Houston Astros had a ton of pressure on themselves heading into Game 5 at home of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa Bay had everything to gain and Houston had everything to lose.

The Astros took care of business early by scoring four runs in the first-inning and Houston won Game 5 over the Rays by a score of 6-1.

Jose Altuve had an RBI single, Alex Bregman had a two-run double, and Yuli Gurriel had an RBI single in that first-inning for the Houston Astros.

Tampa Bay responded in the second-inning on a solo homer by Eric Sogard.

The pitching would then take over the game, until Houston hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth-inning by Michael Brantley and Jose Altuve off of Emilio Pagan.

Gerrit Cole (2-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for the Astros. He pitched eight strong innings and gave up two hits and one run. Cole walked two batters and struck out 10.

Tyler Glasnow (0-2) was the losing pitcher in this game for the Tampa Bay Rays. He pitched 2.2 innings and gave up five hits and four runs. Glasnow didn’t walk any batters and he struck out three.

For the third consecutive season, Houston will advance to the ALCS. They lost to the Boston Red Sox in five games in the ALCS last season.

The Houston Astros will face the New York Yankees in the ALCS for the second time in three seasons. Houston beat them in seven games in 2017 en route to winning their first World Series Title in franchise history against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the road in seven games.

Game 1 between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees will be on Saturday night.

 

Rays Smash Astros in Game 3; Stave Off Elimination

When Jose Altuve hit a solo homer for the Houston Astros in the top of the first-inning off of Charlire Morton, Houston thought they were going to breeze to a sweep in this series.

Instead, Kevin Kiermaier’s three-run homer in the second-inning for the Tampa Bay Rays off of Zack Greinke opened the door for Tampa Bay and they dominated in Game 3 by a score of 10-3.

Ji-Man Choi hit a solo homer in the next inning off of Greinke.

The Rays scored four more runs in the bottom of the fourth-inning on a Brandon Lowe solo homer off of Zack Greinke, Austin Meadows hit a two-run double, and Tommy Pham had an RBI single.

Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run single for the Astros in the sixth-inning.

Willy Adames hit a solo homer for Tampa Bay in the sixth-inning off of Wade Miley.

Travis d’Arnaud hit a sacrifice fly for the Tampa Bay Rays in the seventh-inning.

Charlie Morton (1-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for Tampa Bay. He pitched five innings and gave up three hits and one run. Morton walked two batters and struck out nine.

Zack Greinke (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for Houston. He pitched 3.2 innings and gave up five hits and six runs. Greinke walked one batter and struck out five.

The projected starting pitchers for Game 4 will be Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) for the Houston Astros and Diego Castillo (5-8, 3.41 ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays. That game will be on Tuesday afternoon at 4:15 p.m. Eastern if the Minnesota Twins beat the New York Yankees on Monday night.

If New York beats Minnesota, game time will then be set for 7:07 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday night.

Cardinals Force Game 5 Against Braves

The St. Louis Cardinals were down 4-3 at home in the bottom of the eighth-inning against the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis was also down 2-1 in the series. With a loss, the Cardinals would be packing for the season and Atlanta would be moving onto the NLCS.

Instead, Yadier Molina tied the game up in the bottom of the eighth-inning on an RBI single off of Shane Greene and Freddie Freeman also robbed him of a base hit and it went off the tip of his glove.

Molina also hit the game winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning and Kolten Wang scored from third base and St. Louis won Game 4 over the Braves by a score of 5-4.

This team lives to play for another day at the moment.

Greene was the one who blew the save opportunity in this game for the Braves. He pitched 1.2 innings and gave up three hits and one run. Greene also struck out a batter and he did not walk anybody in this contest.

Paul Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna each hit solo homers in the first-inning for the St. Louis Cardinals off of Dallas Keuchel.

Ozzie Albies had a sacrifice fly in the third-inning for Atlanta.

Marcell Ozuna hit second solo homer of the game in the fourth-inning off of Keuchel.

Adam Duvall reached base on an error in the fifth-inning for the Braves. Dansby Swanson scored on the play.

Ozzie Albies hit a two-run homer later in the inning for Atlanta off of Dakota Hudson to give them a 4-3 lead.

Miles Mikolas (1-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for St. Louis. He pitched one scoreless inning. Mikolas was the game 1 starter.

Julio Teheran (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for the Atlanta Braves. He pitched 0.2 innings and gave up one hit and one run. Teheran also intentionally walked a batter.

Dallas Keuchel was the starting pitcher in this game for Atlanta. He pitched 3.1 innings and gave up four hits and three runs. Keuchel walked one batter and struck out four.

Dakota Hudson was the starting pitcher in this game for the Cardinals. He pitched 4.2 innings and gave up five hits and four runs. Hudson walked two batters and struck out two.

The projected starting pitchers for the win take all Game 5 will be Jack Flaherty (11-8, 2.75 ERA) for St. Louis and Mike Foltynewicz (8-6, 4.54 ERA) for Atlanta.

Nationals Bullpen Implodes in Loss Against Dodgers in Game 3

The Washington Nationals had a 2-1 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth-inning. Los Angeles busted the game open by scoring seven runs in that inning and they won game three over Washington 10-4.

This was another prime example of the Nationals bullpen imploding. Patrick Corbin (0-2) started Game 1 of this series, but he was responsible for the loss in this game.

Corbin pitched 0.2 innings and gave up four hits and six runs. He also walked two batters and struck out two. Patrick Corbin blew a save.

If Manager Dave Martinez is smart, he will not have him throw one pitch for the rest of this series.

In that sixth-inning, the Dodgers scored runs by Russell Martin on a 2-run double, Enrique Hernandez on a 2-run double, and Justin Turner on a three-run homer off of Wander Suero.

Washington had a chance to get back in the game in the sixth-inning. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly in that inning. However, it turned into a double play because of a base running error by Howie Kendrick.

Russell Martin hit a 2-run homer for Los Angeles in the ninth-inning off of Hunter Strickland.

The other runs that were scored in this game was a 2-run homer by Juan Soto for the Washington Nationals off of Hyun-Jin Ryu in the first-inning.

Max Muncy also hit a solo home run for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth-inning off of Anibal Sanchez.

Ryu (1-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for Los Angeles. He pitched five innings and gave up four hits and two runs. Hyun-Jin Ryu walked two batters and struck out three.

The Dodgers lead this series 2-1 and with a win on Monday night at Nationals Park in Washington D.C., Los Angeles will advance to the NLCS once again and then Washington would have to wait another day to advance to the NLCS for the first time in franchise history.

The projected starting pitchers in this game will be Rich Hill (4-1, 2.45 ERA) for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer (11-7, 2.92 ERA) for the Washington Nationals.

 

Gerrit Cole’s Domination Puts Rays on Brink

The Tampa Bay Rays thought they would have gotten some offense going in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Houston Astros on the road after facing Justin Verlander in Game 1.

Instead, Gerrit Cole made life uncomfortable for them by pitching 7.2 strong scoreless innings and only gave up four hits. He only walked one batter and struck out 15 batters in a 3-1 win for Houston over Tampa Bay.

Cole (1-0) threw 118 pitches and 83 of them were for strikes. He was also the winning pitcher in this game for them.

With the Astros leading 3-0 in the ninth-inning, the Rays were able to make some noise in the ninth-inning and they did score one run on a Avisail Garcia RBI force out. Austin Meadows scored on the play. Tommy Pham was safe at third base and Joey Wendle was out at second base.

In the fourth-inning, Houston scored the first run of the game on a solo homer by Alex Bregman off of Blake Snell.

Snell (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for Tampa Bay. He pitched 3.1 innings and gave up four hits and one run. Blake Snell did not walk a batter and he struck out five. Snell only threw 58 pitches and it was interesting that Rays Manager Kevin Cash decided to yank him from the game that early.

Martin Maldonado had an RBI single for the Houston Astros in the seventh-inning.

Carlos Correa had an RBI single for Houston in the eighth-inning.

Will Harris came on in relief for Roberto Osuna in the ninth-inning with one out and the bases loaded. Harris struck out Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Kiermaier grounded out at first base to end the game and Harris record his first save of the postseason.

Osuna came in the game in the eighth-inning for Houston and he is the team’s closer. Roberto Osuna pitched 0.2 innings and gave up two hits and one run. He also walked two batters and struck out one.

The Tampa Bay Rays have been playing hard in this series and they might be able to win a game, but the Astros are just showing in this series that they are a few steps ahead of them when it comes to talent.

Game 3 of this series will be at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on Monday afternoon. The projected starters for this game will be Zack Greinke (18-5, 2.93 ERA) for Houston and Charlie Morton (16-6, 3.05 ERA) for Tampa Bay.

 

 

Dodgers Shutout Nationals in Game 1

The Los Angeles Dodgers did not exactly look sharp in Game 1 at home against the Washington Nationals, but there pitching was much better in that game and that is why Los Angeles won Game 1 over Washington 6-0.

Max Muncy had an RBI in the first-inning on a bases loaded walk for the Dodgers.

Patrick Corbin walked four batters in that inning. He had a rough game because Corbin (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for the Nationals.

He pitched six innings and gave up three hits. Patrick Corbin walked five batters and struck out nine.

In the fifth-inning, Muncy reached base on a fielding error and it allowed Cody Bellinger to score, but then Chris Taylor was thrown out at home.

Max Muncy hit a two-run single for Los Angeles in the seventh-inning.

Gavin Lux and Joc Pederson each hit solo homers for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth-inning off of Hunter Strickland.

Walker Buehler (1-0) was the winning pitcher for Los Angeles. He pitched six scoreless innings and gave up one hit. Buehler walked three batters and struck out eight.

The Dodgers have a 1-0 lead in this series and this best-of-five series will continue on Friday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

The projected starting pitchers for Game 2 will be Stephen Strasburg (18-6, 3.32 ERA) for Washington and Clayton Kershaw (16-5, 3.03 ERA) for the Dodgers.

Cardinals Top Braves in Wild Game 1

With the game tied at three in the top of the ninth-inning between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the NLDS, Marcell Ozuna and Kolten Wang each had two-run doubles to give St. Louis a 7-3 lead.

Atlanta made noise in the ninth-inning as well by Ronald Acuna Jr. hitting a two-run homer off of Carlos Martinez with no body out. Freddie Freeman hit a solo home run off of Martinez with one out in the ninth-inning. That is as close as the Braves would get and the Cardinals survived Game 1 by a score of 7-6.

A throwing error by Kolten Wong in the first-inning allowed Ozzie Albies to score for Atlanta and Josh Donaldson was safe at first and Freddie Freeman was safe at second.

Dexter Fowler hit an RBI ground out for St. Louis in the fifth-inning.

Dansby Swanson hit a two-run single for the Atlanta Braves in the sixth-inning.

Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo home run off of Jackson for the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth-inning. They tied it at three on a Matt Carpenter RBI single.

Carlos Martinez (1-0) was the winning pitcher for St. Louis. He pitched 1.1 innings and gave up two hits and three runs. Martinez walked one batter and struck out two.

Mark Melancon (0-1) was the losing pitcher for Atlanta. He pitched one inning and gave up five hits and four runs. Melancon walked two batters and struck out one. He also blew a save in this game.

Dallas Keuchel was the starting pitcher in this game for the Braves. He pitched 4.2 innings and gave up five hits and one run. Keuchel walked three batters and he did not strike out anybody.

Miles Mikolas was the starting pitcher in this game for the Cardinals. He pitched five innings and he gave up three hits and one run. Mikolas walked two batters and struck out two.

This best-of-five series will continue on Friday afternoon at Suntrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia. St. Louis leads this series 1-0 and the projected starting pitchers for Game 2 will be Jack Flaherty (11-8, 2.75 ERA) for the St. Louis Cardinals and Mike Foltynewicz (8-6, 4.54) for Atlanta.

 

Rays Stun Athletics

Yandy Diaz hit a lead off homer for the Tampa Bay Rays in the top of the first-inning off of Sean Manaea. Tampa Bay hit four home runs total and Diaz went 3-for-4 with two homers and the Rays stunned the Oakland Athletics on the road in the American League Wild Card Game 5-1.

Oakland had tons of chances to score runs in this game, but they left so many runners on base. That was the major difference in this game.

Avisail Garcia hit a two-run homer for Tampa Bay in the second-inning off of Manaea. Yandy Diaz hit a solo homer in the third-inning off of Manaea.

The only run scored in the game for the Athletics came in the third-inning on a sacrifice fly.

Tommy Pham hit a solo home run for the Tampa Bay Rays in the fifth-inning off of Yusmeiro Petit.

Charlie Morton was the winning pitcher in this game for Tampa Bay. He pitched five innings and gave up five hits and one run. Morton walked three batters and struck out four.

Sean Manaea was the losing pitcher in this game for Oakland. He pitched two innings and gave up four hits and four runs. Manaea didn’t walk a batter and he struck out five.

The Athletics lost in the American League Wild Card Game for the second consecutive season. They lost to the New York Yankees on the road last season.

The Rays will face the Houston Astros in the ALDS starting on Friday. They could be a threat to upset them, but time will only tell.

Oakland ends the season in utter disappointment again. The future looks bright there however. A lot of their fans wish the Wild Card Game format would be different however.

 

Nationals Shock Brewers in National League Wild Card Game

It appeared as if the Milwaukee Brewers were going to hand the Washington Nationals another disappointing postseason loss, until Juan Soto hit a base hit to right field with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth-inning.

Washington would have only tied the game at three if Trent Grishham played the ball correctly, but he missed the ball and it allowed a fourth run to score. Soto was tagged out at second, but Nationals Park in Washington D.C. was rocking.

Daniel Hudson recorded the save in the ninth-inning for the Nationals to hang onto a 4-3 win over Milwaukee.

Hudson pitched one inning and gave up one hit. He also struck out one batter.

Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer in the first-inning off of Max Scherzer for Milwaukee.

Eric Thames hit a solo home run off of Max Scherzer for the Milwaukee Brewers in the second-inning.

Trea Turner hit a solo homer off of Brandon Woodruff in the third-inning for Washington.

Stephen Strasburg was the winning pitcher in this game for the Washington Nationals. He pitched three scoreless innings in relief and gave up two hits. Strasburg struck out four batters.

Josh Hader was the losing pitcher in this game for Milwaukee. He pitched one inning and gave up two hits and three runs. Hader walked one batter and struck out two.

He was the Brewers closer all season long and in this game, his stuff was not working.

Brandon Woodruff was the starting pitcher for Milwaukee. He pitched four innings and gave up four hits and two runs. Woodruff struck out three batters.

Max Scherzer was the starting pitcher in this game for Washington. He pitched five innings and gave up four hits and three runs. Scherzer walked three batters and struck out six.

The Milwaukee Brewers season ends in disappointment and they did very well down the stretch without outfielder Christian Yelich. The Washington Nationals advance to the NLDS and they will face the Los Angeles Dodgers with Game 1 on Thursday night in Los Angeles. Patrick Corbin is expected to pitch for Washington and it is unknown who will pitch for the Dodgers.