Here’s a look at today’s matches and what you need to know about each one.
MLB Playoff Scores
FINALE: Braves 9, Marlins 5 – The brave lead 1-0
FINALE: Astros 5, A’s 2 – Astros leads 2-0
EN DIRECT: Rays 7, Yankees 5 – Series tie 1-1
AND DIRECT: Padres vs Dodgers (FS1) – Series tied 0-0
Yankees’ opening strategy backfires
The Yankees opted to go with rookie right-hander Deivi Garcia as a starter for Game 2, but it turned out that manager Aaron Boone was using Garcia as the game opener. The 21-year-old pitched just one inning (and gave Randy Arozarena a solo homerun) before left-hander JA Happ entered the second. Happ allowed four more runs, via a pair of two-run homers from Mike Zunino and Manuel Margot, and put the Yankees in a 5-1 hole. Boone’s pitch plan backfired. The Rays added two more points after Happ left, and the Yankees never found themselves in a 7-5 loss. Tampa tied the ALDS 1-1 with the win.
However, Giancarlo Stanton made things interesting with a powerful batting. Stanton hit a 458-foot, three-run homerun against Rays starter Tyler Glasnow to take the club to one run in the fourth inning. Stanton, who hit two homers on Tuesday, joined Lou Gehrig and Reggie Jackson as the only Yankees to ever make a homer in four straight playoff games. Learn more about the Rays’ victory here.
Valdez and Springer push Astros to lead 2-0
Southpaw Framber Valdez was instrumental for the Astros during the regular season, and it’s obvious that remains the case in the playoffs. After a great relief outing in the Wild Card series, Valdez made his first playoff start on Tuesday against Track and Field. He pitched well enough to push the Astros to a 2-0 advantage in the top-five series.
Valdez struck out four batters and held the A’s on five hits, one walk and two runs in seven innings of work. He threw 103 pitches in the afternoon, and generated six hits and misses on his curve ball. His fastball, meanwhile, averaged around 93 mph.
While Valdez may have paced the Astros’ effort, they also received a big game from outfielder George Springer, who hit two home runs and led in three points. Springer now has five career playoff homers at Dodger Stadium, placing him behind Reggie Jackson for the most of all time, selon ESPN Stats & Info. Neither Springer nor Jackson played for LA
Receiver Martin Maldonado also delivered a home run. The Astros can finish the series sweep on Wednesday afternoon.
The brave power up, retreat after the spirits rise
The Marlins and Braves started the action of the day with a home and away game that featured high temperaments after Ronald Acuna Jr., who hit a first home run low on the first, was hit by a Sandy pitch. Alcantara on the third. . Acuna seemed to oppose Alcantara’s erroneous offer, and both sides tensed before taking his base. (He then scored first.)
While Alcantara has no reason to intentionally hit Acuna, it’s worth noting that both sides have a story. Acuna has been hit by 19 shots in his career; four of them were pitched by Marlins pitchers. No other team has hit Acuna more than twice.
FS1 interviewed Braves manager Brian Snitker during the game. Asked about it piecemeal, he said, “I’ll probably be in trouble if I tell you exactly what I’m thinking. So it’s clear that the Braves believe the Marlins were intentionally throwing at Acuna.
Moving on, the rambling Marlins made their way to a three-point third, giving them a 4-1 lead. The Braves got two backs in the lower half, but the Marlins’ lead remained 4-3 towards the seventh. It seemed like a big deal at the time, considering the Marlins were 28-0 in the regular season as they headed into the seventh inning.
Then again, the Braves have 13 wins from behind this season and have some serious offensive firepower. They showed it in the seventh. Back-to-back singles started things off to chase starter Sandy Alcantara. One could argue that the bullpen should have taken over and that Alcantara only yielded a single to Ronald Acuna when seeing him a fourth time was a bit of a dodged ball, given the alternative in a game to a sleeve.
The Marlins then tied up Yimi Garcia, a right-hander, to face Freddie Freeman, who absolutely destroys the right-hangers. It worked for a short second. Freeman relied on choosing a defender. But then Marcell Ozuna chose to tie him up, then Travis d’Arnaud broke things up with a three-point shot:
It should be mentioned that Garcia had had big problems giving up the long ball in previous years (32 HR allowed in 159 2/3 innings going into this season), but had completed 15 regular season innings and two more innings so far. in the playoffs without allowing a single homerun. Perhaps it was only a matter of time against this mighty attack by the Braves.
Thanks to Acuna, Freeman, Ozuna and even Dansby Swanson and Adam Duvall with great years, Arnaud’s huge season on set flew under the radar. He hit .321 / .386 / .533 with eight doubles, nine homers and 34 RBIs in 44 regular season games.
Later in the seventh, Swanson added a two-point shot and all of a sudden the Braves didn’t even have to sweat the final innings. A seventh of six points was the difference here, and the Braves lead the best-of-five series, 1-0.
Something to watch out for if the series goes the distance: Max Fried only threw 70 shots for the Braves and with no days off this year in this round, Game 5 could now see the No.1 come back on a short rest . Guess Fried can handle this. For the Marlins, the Alcantara has grown to 95 locations. It’s not a ton and he’ll likely be okay with coming back, but he’d be the more compromised of the two.