Astros rally on Castillo to force Game 7
The Houston Astros are already the first team to make the playoffs with a losing record in playoff history; they’re dogged by scandal, crippled by injury, and facing the best-record in the AL, and yet despite all that, tomorrow they’ll look to be the 2nd team to ever come back after being down 3-0.
After the Rays started the scoring with a double by Adames in the 2nd, the ‘Stros responded by rallying for 4 in the 5th. Most of the damage was done against the Rays’ stud righty, Diego Castillo; casting doubt on the immortal nature of Tampa’s bullpen. If a bright-spot exists, its the surprising power shown by Rays’ OFer Manuel Margot who homered twice in the late innings to make things interesting. All bets are off as to what happens tomorrow, as Charlie Morton takes on Lance McCullers for all the marbles.
Dodgers win the battle of the Wills (Smith)
The Braves’ starting pitching was their Achilles heel during the season but has been a surprising strength through the postseason. Not wanting to use Max Fried on short rest, they turned to setup man AJ Minter; who last started a game in college, and got a stellar 3-shutout innings. Unfortunately, they were only able to push 2 runs across on Dodgers’ starter Dustin May despite a lot of activity on the bases.
After Corey Seager got one back for the Dodgers with a solo shot in the 4th, the Braves turned to free-agent acquisition, Will Smith, as part of the pre-planned “bullpen game.” He struggled to find the zone and found himself facing the young Dodgers’ catcher; that shares his name with two men on. After getting two quick strikes, Smith (the pitcher) nibbled around the zone. However, not long after, Smith (the catcher) yanked a 3-2 fastball deep over the left-field fence. The 3-run blast gave the Dodgers a lead they wouldn’t relent. Seager tacked on a second homer in the 7th; finishing the game 2 for 4 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs.
The Dodgers will face elimination yet again tomorrow and neither team has announced their pitching plans.
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