The Houston Astros regular season record was 29-31 and barely made playoffs as two teams were closely behind. Now, the Astros have only lost one game this postseason.
The Astros faced the Oakland Athletics and lead 2-1 in the ALDS series. Lance McCullers Jr. started on the mound for game one and struggled. He threw four innings with five runs scored to give Oakland the lead. However, Houston’s young bullpen came and conquered.
Left-handed pitcher Blake Taylor held off Oaklands offense and allowed the Astros to catchup. Therefore, Taylor got the win on Monday. Three more arms came out of the bullpen including Enoli Paredes, Cristian Javier and Ryan Pressly. All these arms allowed no hits or runs.
The top of the fourth saw third basemen Alex Bregman and shortstop Carlos Correa homerun. Bregman hit a solo homer, while Correa had a two-run bomb to score outfielder Kyle Tucker. The sixth added four runs and the ninth ensured two more.
Houston walked away with a 10-5 victory.
Left-handed pitcher Framber Valdez showed up and out as he threw seven innings with five hits and two runs. Valdez got the win and Paredes followed up in the eighth with no hits or runs. Pressly showed up again in the ninth with just one hit and the game ended 5-2 Astros.
Houston scored in the third, fourth and fifth.
Right-handed pitcher Jose Urquidy went 4.1 innings in game three. He gave up four solo home runs and then gave the ball to relief pitcher Blake Taylor to finish the inning scoreless.
The Astros added five runs in the fifth to gain a 7-4 lead. First baseman Yuli Gurriel walked and designated hitter Aledmys Diaz hit a two-run home run. After a few singles and hits, three more runs cross the board and blew the lead open.
Then came Houston pitcher Josh James who gave up lead. He got two hits in the seventh for runners on first and third and left a throw hanging for Oakland Chad Pinder to hit a three-run bomb. Manager Dusty Baker went to the bullpen as there were no outs in the inning.
Left-handed pitcher Brooks Raley gets three outs to end the seventh with a 7-7 tie. Raley gives a lead-off walk in the eight and runners scored on two sac flies. The eighth ended 9-7 with Oakland on top.
Astros runners on second and third are left stranded in the eighth. Houston pitcher Andre Scrubb closed out the ninth. The game ended with an Oakland victory of 9-7.
Game four is Thursday and the winner of this series face the New York Yankees or Tampa Bay Rays.