The Houston Astros won two games in a row at Texas with powerful offense.
Houston defeated the Texas Rangers by 9-9 in Game 4 of the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) Postseason American League Championship Series (ALCS, best-of-seven series) held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on the 20th (Korean time). Overpowered by 3.
The two teams’ series record was 2 wins and 2 losses, and Texas and Houston will play at least game 6 regardless of the result of game 5. This means that we have to return to Minute Maid Park, Houston’s home stadium.
On this day, Houston had Jose Altuve (second baseman) – Mauricio Dubon (center fielder) – Alex Bregman (third baseman) – Jordan Alvarez (designated hitter) – Jose Abreu (first baseman) – Kyle Tucker (right fielder) – Chas McCormick (left fielder). -Jeremy Pena (shortstop) -Martin Maldonado (catcher) formed the lineup in that order. While Jose Urquidi took on the responsibility of starting, Dubon served as a table setter with Altuve.
Texas: Marcus Siemien (second baseman) – Corey Seager (shortstop) – Evan Carter (left fielder) – Adolis Garcia (right fielder) – Mitch Garber (designated hitter) – Jonah Haim (catcher) – Nathaniel Rowe (first baseman) – Josh The lineup was formed in that order: Young (third baseman) and Leody Taveras (center fielder). Other than changing the batting order of Haim and Garber, no changes were made. The starting pitcher is Andrew Heaney.
Houston’s bat was hot from the top of the first inning. After table setters Altuve and Dubon got on base with a double and a hit, respectively, Bregman brought both runners home with a two-run triple. With the addition of Alvarez’s 1 RBI and timely hit, Houston completed the big inning with four consecutive hits.
When McCormick walked after two outs, Texas used Dane Dunning as a bullpen pitcher and quickly made a replacement. Texas’ choice to give Heaney the opener role was a failure. Heaney, who did not even complete an inning, allowed 4 hits, 1 walk, and 3 runs in ⅔ innings.
Texas also attempted to catch up. After leadoff hitter Garcia’s solo shot in the bottom of the second inning, Young’s sacrifice fly brought the lead to one run, and in the bottom of the third, Seager hit a solo shot to balance the score at 3-3.
After allowing Texas to tie the game, Houston produced another big inning in the top of the 4th inning. Starting with leadoff hitter Maldonado’s walk, three consecutive batters got on base, giving them the opportunity to load the bases with no outs. Bregman struck out, but Alvarez’s sacrifice fly restored the lead, and Abreu’s three-pointer pushed the lead to 7-3.
Houston, who widened the gap to 6 points with McCormick’s two-run hit in the top of the 7th inning, solidified the win with Alvarez’s RBI single and timely hit in the top of the 8th inning, and ended the game maintaining a 7-point gap.
Houston starter Urquidi performed poorly in 2⅓ innings, allowing 5 hits (2 home runs), 1 walk, 1 strikeout, and 3 runs, but the bullpen pitchers who followed took charge of the remaining innings without allowing any runs. Hunter Brown, who took the mound as the third pitcher, went 3 innings alone, allowing 2 hits, 2 strikeouts, and no runs, preventing Texas from pursuing.
In the batting lineup, Altuve’s performance shone with three hits, while Alvarez and Abreu each recorded three RBIs and combined for six RBIs. Additionally, Bregman and McCormick, who had two RBIs, also contributed to the team’s victory.
On the other hand, Texas scored only 3 points despite the multi-hit efforts of Seager and Garcia. The bullpen pitchers who came up after Heaney also generally performed poorly and failed to turn the atmosphere around. As a result, although Texas was able to secure a sure win, it was a day where the process was not very satisfactory.
The two teams, who have two wins each, will now play the fifth game. Jordan Montgomery and Justin Verlander, who were starters in Game 1, will have their return matches. In the first game, they each pitched well, allowing 5 hits, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts, and no runs in 6 ⅔ innings, while allowing 6 hits (1 home run), 2 walks, 5 strikeouts, and 2 runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Meanwhile, the Arizona Diamondbacks, who took a break for the day, won Game 3 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS, best-of-seven) against the Philadelphia Phillies at their home stadium, Chase Field, with a 2-1 victory, earning their first win in the series.
Philadelphia has Kyle Schwarber (designated hitter) – Tray Turner (shortstop) – Bryce Harper (1st baseman) – Alec Bohm (3rd baseman) – Bryson Stott (2nd baseman) – JT Realmuto (catcher) – Nick Castellanos ( The lineup came out in the following order: Right fielder) – Brandon Marsh (left fielder) – Johan Rojas (center fielder). Ranger Suarez appeared as the starting pitcher.
Arizona’s lineup is Ketel Marte (second baseman) – Corbin Carroll (center fielder) – Gabriel Moreno (catcher) – Christian Walker (first baseman) – Tommy Pham (right fielder) – Louerdes Gurriel Jr. (left fielder) – Evan Longoria (designated hitter) ) – Emmanuel Rivera (third baseman) – Heraldo Perdomo (shortstop) in that order. The pitcher on the starting mound is Brandon Pott.
The balance of 0 was not broken until the middle of the game due to the good pitching of the two teams’ starting pitchers. Suarez did his part with 3 hits, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts, and no runs in 5⅓ innings, while Pott did his part with 2 hits, 9 strikeouts, and no runs in 5⅔ innings.
The team that took the lead first was Philadelphia. In the top of the 7th inning, Stott hit a double play with no outs on 1st and 2nd base, but with 2 outs and runners on 3rd base, reliever Ryan Thompson made a wild pitch, and Harper, who was a runner on 3rd base, homered and gave the team the first run.
Then Arizona scored right away. In the bottom of the 7th inning, Gurriel Jr., who was at bat with no outs on first base, hit a double from Orion Kerkering, and in the meantime, first base runner Alec Thomas ran home, making the score 1-1.
While Philadelphia finished the top of the 8th and 9th inning without scoring, Arizona put pressure on Philadelphia in the bottom of the 9th with leadoff hitter Gurriel Jr.’s walk and stolen base. Payvin Smith’s hit put the runners on first and third with no outs, and after Rivera’s ground ball and Perdomo’s walk, Marte hit a heavy hit against Craig Kimbrel with one out and the bases loaded, putting an end to the fierce game.토토사이트
Marte, the ‘finishing hero’, went 3-for-5 with one RBI, and Gurriel Jr. and Smith also led the team to victory with multiple hits. Philadelphia only had three hits in nine innings.
Philadelphia is aiming for its third win in the series with Christopher Sanchez as the starter in Game 4, while Arizona, which announced Joe Mantipli as the starter, is looking for its second win in a row.