The saying goes that ‘horse that reaches, wins’ and that was applied very well by the ninth of the Houston Astros, who, rowing against the current, took Game 2 out of the American League Division Series to Chicago White Sox, by winning nine runs by four and leading 2-0 in the scheduled best-of-five battle.
The actions were staged at the Minute Maid Park, home of the Texans, who, supported by 41,315 fans, were already placed to a success of the Championship Series of the young circuit, which would be against Boston or Tampa Bay:
For now, on Friday, Astros trailed 2-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning, where they tied the duel with a hit from Cuban champion bat, Yuli Gurriel. It was in the seventh when Houston took off with a five-run cluster, capped with a one-on-base HR by Kyle Tucker.
On pitching, Ryne Stanek was the winner, while left-hander Aaron Bummer failed; Sunday is Game 3, but already at Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Southsiders, who will be out if they lose. Venezuelan rookie Luis Garcia will start for the Astros against possibly left-hander Carlos Rodón or right-hander Dylan Cease. Dallas Keuchel is off the list.