World Series

Game 4 Is a Lost Opportunity for Astros

They started out strong, but offense again fell short

By Edward "Figgy Fig" Gilliard October 31, 2021

Houston Astros relief pitcher Cristian Javier throws during the seventh inning in Game 4 of baseball's World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Atlanta. 

In Game 4 of the World Series in Atlanta on Saturday night the Astros offense struggled …. again. They left 11 men on base and went 0-8 with runners in scoring position.

 The final score was  3 - 2 and put the Braves one win away from a Series crown in their home stadium.

Here’s What Happened in Game 4

 The Astros had a huge opportunity in the first inning to blow the game open with Brave’s pitcher Dylan Lee getting his first start ever. He’s the first pitcher in history to make his first start in the World Series, but he didn’t last long. Lee left the game with the bases loaded, but the Astros only got away with one run.  

 Jose Altuve started the inning with a single to the shortstop. Michael Brantley had a walk, giving the Astros two on base with no outs.

 A struggling Alex Bregman struck out swinging, but Lee walked Yordan Alvarez to load the bases. After that Lee’s night was done (one hit, two walks, and a strikeout in his first career start).

 Carlos Correa grounded out to bring in Altuve to put the Astros on the board first. Kyle Tucker struck out to end the inning.

 The Braves escaped what could’ve been a disaster in the first inning. And unfortunately for the Astros, missed opportunities was the theme of the night as they missed chance after chance to put more runs on the board.

 Zack Greinke had a solid four innings pitched, but the offense couldn’t get anything else. Greinke gave up a single to Freedie Freeman in the first, but he gets out with no problem. 

 In the second inning, Greinke singles up center field which brought some strong cheers from the Astros dugout. Martin Maldonado follows Greinke with a single to right field, but the Astros leave them stranded to end the inning. 

 In the top of the third, the Astros had the bases loaded with guess who at the plate: Greinke. He grounded out to the shortstop to end the inning. The Astros left seven runners on base in the first 3 innings of the game, but they hold on to the 1-0 lead. 

 In the top of the fourth, Jose Altuve hits a solo home run to deep center field to give the Astros a 2-0 lead. 

 Greinke finishes the night going four innings, giving up four hits and three strikeouts. In the bottom of the sixth, Eddie Rosario doubles to deep right field. With a Freddie Freeman walk to put a runner on second and third, Austin Riley singles to left field to score Rosario cutting the Astros lead by one. 

 In the bottom of the seventh inning, Christian Javier who has been pretty good this postseason, struck out his first batter Adam Duvall. However, Javier gives up back to back home runs to Dansby Swanson (right field) and Jorge Soler(left field) to give the Braves a 3-2 lead which was the first lead change in this Series by either team.

 On the home run by Soler, Yordan Alvarez who is playing left field due to playing in the NL, came close to catching the ball, but ran into the fence and hurt his knee. Alvarez was checked and he stayed in the game. 

Top of the ninth with the Astros down 3-2, Braves closer Will Smith goes 1-2-3 to end the game giving the Braves a demanding 3-1 lead in the World Series with a chance to win it all in Atlanta on Sunday. 

Now the Astros are in must-win mode. The offense picked the wrong time to not show up, and they need to get going. Altuve’s home run was the only extra base hit from the Astros since the Series moved to Atlanta.

That’s not the Astros offense we are used to. And big questions remain in this final Series game in Atlanta. Have Astros fans seen the last of Carlos Correa at Minute Maid Park? Will Dusty Baker be back next year?

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