Prof: Congrats are in order for one team while another lives to fight another day. Read on to see our recaps of these very important games.
Astros 4, Yankees 1 (ALCS Game 3, Houston leads 2-1) – Prof: Gerrit Cole did what he was supposed to do, even without his best stuff. But even in half measures, Cole is an unstoppable force. Of course, he had help from the Littlest Second Baseman Who Could. That’s right, Jose Altuve held it down for his teammates, a solo homer in the first inning that ignited the fire. Not to be outdone, Josh Reddick also hit a solo dinger the next inning. Houston now takes the lead on the road, but it’s up for grabs. Tomorrow night is game four and we will see what New York has in store for their western rivals.
Cardinals 4, Nationals 7 (NLCS Game 4, Washington wins series 4-0) – Scouts: They may not have been the best team in the NL entering the playoffs, but they were certainly the best team in the NL throughout the playoffs. The Nats completed their sweep of the Cardinals and wasted no time in doing so. Washington got to Dakota Hudson immediately, who exited the game after recording just a single out and allowing 7 runs, 4 earned. By the time it was all over, he had a 108 ERA. Washington played small ball to big effect. The 7 runs all came as a result of singles, doubles, sac flies, some dropped balls, some miscommunications, and even a sac bunt thrown in the mix for good measure. On the other side of things, Patrick Corbin was able to earn a little bit of redemption. Over 13 innings int he post season, Corbin has given up 11 hits and 11 earned runs, and was 0-2 coming into the game. And while Corbin did allow 4 runs on 4 hits over 5, he also racked up 12 strikeouts and was able to make the 7 run gift in the first inning last long enough to turn the keys over to the pen, which made short work of the rest of the game. Now, the Nats get to go home and wait. The Al series is guaranteed to play two additional games, and that’s only if Houston sweeps out the rest of the way. The big question is will the break cool off the hottest team in baseball, or will they be able to hold onto the lightning they’ve captured the past few weeks?