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ALCS Game 2: Alex Bregman's 3 runs blast the difference maker in Houston's Game 2 win

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HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — Just one hit of a stick was the difference in a one-run Houston Astros victory in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series Thursday night.

Here are the important points that stand out as ‘Stros defends his homeland’.

Breggy bombs for early leadership

Houston Astros Alex Bregman (2) takes a solo hit during the third inning of Game 2 of the ALCS on Thursday, October 20, 2022, in Houston.

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

The first runs of the game came courtesy of Alex Bregman, who smashed Luis Severino’s four-stitched speedball 360 feet to the left with two outs and two runners on the third inning.

The Astros took a 3-0 lead.

Right after that, at the start of the fourth inning, Framber Valdez’s was charged with a fault with Aaron Judge when he dropped a weak pop-up from Giancarlo Stanton at first and moved on to first place, pushing the runners up to second and third place.

Valdez would then allow two RBIs, each on a sacrifice ground and an in-field hit.

The Astros lead was down to 3-2 and would not change towards the seventh inning.

The king of quality starts a turn

Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez (59) works from the mound during the first pitch of Game 2 of the ALCS on October 20, 2022, in Houston.

AP Photo/Kevin M. Cox

For a second postseason game, an Astros starting pitcher was able to outlast his Yankee counterpart.

Leading 2022 with a series of 25 straight quality starts, Framber Valdez hit seven-shot baseball and allowed only two runs on 101 pitches – neither of which were won.

After the fourth inning error, Valdez regained control and scored five of his nine total hits the rest of the way.

In contrast, Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino withdrew after five and three hits, allowing for five hits and three earned runs, all of which scored from the Bregman homer.

Tuck is robbing the judge

The Yankees have been truly threatening the Astros leadership since Bregman’s homer.

The closest such attempt to pass Houston came with Aaron Judge in the eighth innings a runner-up and Houston’s Bryan Abreu a comfortable shot.

The right-court judge flew off the first curtain and threw a deep ball to the right, where his counterpart Kyle Tucker made a slight jump against the wall and snatched the second inning of the shot.

Abreu would have avoided that shot with Giancarlo Stanton’s shot.

Ryan Pressly entered the ninth to close the door to the Yankees. Houston has a 2-0 ALCS lead.

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Yes, the roof was open

And no, the Minute Maid Park roof (roof) wasn’t lit, but the crowd certainly didn’t need water, even though it was ignited the same way.

There was not a cloud over downtown Houston when the first shot was fired.

So why was the roof open? It’s a Major League Baseball call. Typically, the Astros organization makes this call if the temperature and humidity drop to a certain point. MLB will take over that decision at the end of the season, though.

Game 2 marks the sixth time the roof has been open in the franchise’s postseason history. The Astros advanced to 2-4 when playing outdoors at home in the playoffs.

Golden’ Stros: Houston well represented as finalists for best defense award

Rookie Jeremy Peña’s regular season—and postseason, really—could mean some honorary gear once the season comes to an end.

Before Game 2, the Astros short back was selected among the three finalists for the AL Golden Glove position. Other finalists are Xander Bogaerts of Boston and Carlos Correa of ​​Minnesota, where Peña took the position in Houston.

Outfielder Kyle Tucker joined Peña as the other Astros rep who was a finalist. He received his second direct nomination in the right field.

Fans of Peña, Tucker, and the Astros will find out about the Golden Glove winners in a special edition of ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” on November 1 at 4 p.m., ahead of Game 4 of the upcoming World Series.

2022 AL Championship Series: Astros lead 1-0

  • game 1: Astros 4, Yankees 2
  • 2nd game: Astros 3, Yankees 2
  • 3. Game: At the New York Yankees, Saturday, 4:07 PM
  • 4. Game: At the New York Yankees, Sunday, October 23, 6:07 PM
  • Game 5*: On the New York Yankees, Monday, October 24, 3:07 PM or 4:07 PM
  • Game 6*: Houston, Tuesday, October 25th 5:07 PM or 6:37 PM
  • Game 7*: Houston, Wednesday, October 26, 6:37 PM

All times listed are CDT. 5-7 games required*.

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