9th inning rally falls short; Braves up 2-0
Game 2 in the NLCS was one for the books. A great pitching duel for the first 3 innings with both teams’ young starters posting zeroes. That all changed with one swing of the bat by the new Mr. October Freddie Freeman who crushed a 3-2 Bomb deep into the right-field stands giving the Braves a 2-0 lead. It didn’t stop there as Atlanta continued the assault in the fifth inning putting up a 4 spot to increase the lead to 6-0. That is when the Dodgers started chipping away at the lead with a Cory Seagar 3-run homer to pull the Dodgers within 4.
The Braves tacked on another run in the 9th inning off the bat of Ozzie Albies, his second in as many games, increasing the lead to 8-4. With the last three outs of the game, the Dodgers made it exciting. Seager hit a scorching double that scored Mookie Betts. Max Muncy followed that up with a no-doubter into the right-field bleachers making the score 8-6. The magic continued as Cody Bellinger smashed a triple over the head of Ronald Acuna with 2 outs putting the Dodgers within 1 run of pushing the game into extra innings. The magic died there and Mark Melancon secured the win with a ground out, giving the Braves a 2-0 lead in the NLCS. I don’t think anyone expected the Braves to be up 2-0 against the Dodgers, and there is still plenty of baseball left for the Dodgers to make this series interesting.
Rays capitalize on Altuve’s error taking 3-0 lead
Jose Altuve started the bottom of the first off with a bang, depositing one into the bleachers and giving the Astros a 1 run lead. Until the 6th inning that looked to be all that would be needed, and may have been had Jose Altuve not made a crucial throwing error. That’s when the Rays took control and forced 5 runs across the plate via some station to station baseball. Single, single, HBP, HBP, and a double put the Rays up 5-1.
Micheal Brantley started the 6ith inning off with a first-pitch home run bringing the score to 6-2 Rays, but the bats were unable to produce after that. Rays closer Diego Castillo came in the 9th to get the save and secure the win putting the Rays up 3-0. There has only been one team in the history of baseball to come back from down 3 games to 0, and that was the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. But that team had backbone and integrity, something the Houston Astros cannot seem to find.