Houston Astros: Sweep the Minnesota Twins to advance in playoffs

ANALYSIS Houston Astros

The Houston Astros and No. 3 Minnesota Twins faced off for the Wild Card series. Three games were scheduled, the third was only if necessary. 

The upset was not close in terms of the series, but the games themselves came down to the wire. 

Zack Greinke, a right handed pitcher for Houston, took the mound first and Framber Valdez shut it down. The duo allowed four hits and one run to keep the Twins down. 

Greinke threw four innings and Valdez threw five. Houston planned on taking Greinke out before going through the Twins lineup a third time and Valdez took care of the rest. 

George Springer tied the game in the seventh with an RBI single to score right fielder Josh Reddick. The ninth brought three more runs as the Twins started to unravel. The chances of going into extra innings was close but an error and Twins pitching blew the lead open. 

Houston walked away with a 4-1 victory. 

The second game was almost the same as the one prior. Jose Urquidy started and threw 4.1 innings with two hits and one run. Manager Dusty Baker took to the bullpen early and Brooks Raley finished the fifth inning with just one hit. 

Reliever Cristian Javier almost threw the rest of the game but Baker called on Ryan Pressly to finish the ninth. Minnesota had three hits and only seven combined hits for the series. 

Outfielder Kyle Tucker had an RBI single in the fourth and the Twins answered back in the fifth to tie the game. However, Carlos Correa hit a two-out solo home run in the seventh. 

Deja Vu? The ninth inning saw some defensive trouble from the Twins, but only one run was plated and the Astros won 3-1. 

“I know a lot of people are mad, I know a lot of people don’t want us here, but what are they going to say now?” said Carlos Correa. 

Slowly, Houston is looking like their usual postseason self and will face the winner of the Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox wild card series.