Astros even up World Series with convincing Game 2 win over Phillies
FramberValdez gave Houston a five-run lead. Alex Bregman scored and the Astros beat Philadelphia 5-2 Saturday night to tie at one game in the World Series.
Just like in Game 1, the Astros rushed to a 5-0 lead. Houston and Valdez held on, unlike Justin Verlander, who was the Astros’ ace in the opener.
Valdez bounced back from two poor outings last year in the Series to pitch shutout ball into seventh. The bullpen was able to survive a few jams to end the game.
Jose Altuve, Jeremy Pena and Yordan Alvarez all doubled as Houston took a two-run lead four pitches in against Zack Wheeler. Bregman scored two runs in the fifth after an error.
A day after coming back for a 6-5 win in 10 innings. Philadelphia tried to rally in the second.
With the Phillies trailing by 4 runs, Kyle Schwarber drove deep down the right-field line against Rafael Montero. This drive was initially ruled a two run homer by James Hoye, right field line umpire.
The first base umpire Tripp Gilpin signaled for umps conference. However, the call was reversed after a crew chief review determined that the ball was not to the foul side.
Schwarber was the NL’s leading home-run hitter this season. He then drove a long ball that was caught at right field wall.
Ryan Pressly completed the six-hitter and gave up a run due to Yuli Gurriel’s error.
Following the split in Houston, the Series resumes Monday night when Citizens Bank Park hosts the Series for the first time since 2009.
Of 61 previous Series tied 1-1, the Game 2 winner went on to the title 31 times — but just four of the last 14.
After struggling to a 19. 29 ERA in a pair of Series starts in last year’s six-game loss to Atlanta, Valdez pitched with polish and poise. His cheeks glistening with sweat, the 28-year-old left-hander struck out nine and walked three, allowing four hits in 6 1/3 innings.
He blew by batters with a fastball averaging 95.6 mph and baffled them with his curve, which got three of his strikeouts– all looking. He changed his gloves and spikes mid-outing, which is unusual.
When the Phillies put two runners on, Valdez struckout Game 1 star J.T. Realmuto was hot and got Bryce Harper on the mound to bounce a first-pitch sinker for an inning-ending double-play.
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