During MLB’s busy league division series, we’ll keep you updated right here on results, must-see moments and what’s next in each matchup.
ALDS Game 1: Houston Astros 10, Oakland Athletics 5
What happened? Head’s up, America: The Houston Astros are back.
Baseball’s biggest villains in 2020 appear to be the postseason juggernauts of years past — and they especially showed it Monday in Game 1 of their American League Division Series against the Oakland Athletics, winning 10-5 after the type of offensive outburst we’ve seen from them in past Octobers.
The A’s won the AL West this year and the Astros barely made the postseason with a sub-.500 record. But you couldn’t tell it from Game 1 of this series.
The A’s jumped to an early 3-0 lead after two homers, but the Astros woke up to post three runs in the fourth, four runs in the sixth and a little bit of insurance in the seventh.
If you’ve watched these Astros go on postseason runs in the past — or if you watched them upset the No. 2-seeded Twins in the opening round — you saw the usual suspects in Game 1.
• Carlos Correa hit two homers and had four RBIs — the first tying the game in the fourth, the other making the lead 8-5 in the seventh. He knocked in another run with a ninth-inning single.
• George Springer, who thrives in October, was 4-for-5 with an RBI and run scored.
• Alex Bregman homered to get the Astros on the board in the fourth inning. Incredibly, it’s the fourth straight year he’s homered in an ALDS game on Oct. 5. Says something about Bregman on the big stage and the Astros’ ability to generate runs in October.
Neither starter was spectacular in this one, Lance McCullers Jr. for the Astros and Chris Bassitt for the A’s. The difference? The Astros bullpen didn’t allow a hit from the fifth inning until the end of the game. The A’s bullpen, meanwhile, allowed seven hits and seven runs.
And that’s how you lose in October.
What’s next? These two teams are back at it Tuesday for Game 2, as the A’s will be looking to even out this best-of-five series. The A’s will send Sean Manaea (4-3, 4.50 ERA) to the mound against Framber Valdez (5-3, 3.57) for Houston .
Valdez isn’t Justin Verlander or Gerrit Cole, but he’s been solid for Houston this season. He threw five shutout innings in his first postseason appearance against the Twins. Manaea didn’t pitch in the wild-card series against the White Sox, but recently pitched well against the Astros. On Sept. 10, he threw seven innings against Houston allowing just two hits and one run. The A’s will need an outing like that, given the way Houston’s offense opened the series.
You see this? Here’s the Carlos Correa homer collection for Game 1.
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