THIS WAS THE WORLD SERIES GAME the Astros needed. And, Jose Urquidy got things rolling in the first inning, striking out the first two batters. The ‘Stros offense also got started pretty early, driving in five runs in the first two innings, pretty much putting this game out of reach for the Atlanta Braves in Game 2.
It was a bigtime pitching performance for Urquidy. Also a powerful outing by Jose Altuve, as he finished two for five with a home run in the seventh. Michael Brantley was also dominant as he finished two for four with an RBI.
Here’s What Happened in Game 2
At the bottom of the first inning, Altuve, who had been struggling at the plate, hit a double to left field. Brantley hit a ball that flew out to deep left center field that moved Altuve to third base.
With a sacrifice fly from Alex Bregman, Altuve scored early, giving the Astros momentum with an early 1-0 lead.
Braves catcher Travis d’Arnaud homered to left field to tie the game at the top of the second with two outs. But in the bottom of the second, the Astros blew it open with singles from Kyle Tucker and Yuli Gurriel.
The rookie Jose Siri hit a blooper in the shallow infield that scored Kyle Tucker making it 2-1 Astros.
Martin Maldonado, although struggling all postseason singled to shallow left field, helping Gurriel score. Michael Brantley later in the fourth inning singled to right, bringing in Maldonado and making it a 5-1 lead.
Urquidy really stepped up his pitching after a rough start in the ALCS. In the top of the fifth inning, Urquidy gave up a single to D’Arnaud. Urquidy threw a wild pitch that moved D’Arnaud to second, then a groundout by Eddie Rosario help get D’Arnaud to third. A Freddie Freeman single to left brought D’Arnaud home to cut the Astros lead to three points. Urquidy finished Game 2 with five innings pitched, six hits, two earned runs, and seven strikeouts.
Christian Javier stepped in for Urquidy at the top of the sixth inning. He gave up a double but got out of the inning with no damage. By the bottom of the sixth inning, the Astros got on base with a Yordan Alvarez walk, and a Carlos Correa single to left-center field.
Kyle Tucker reached first on a fielder’s choice to second, while Gurriel reached first on a fielder’s choice and a fielding error on Albies who didn’t have control of the catch to second.
Alvarez scored from third to make it a 6-2 Astros lead. There was a double steal by Tucker and Gurriel, but the Astros left them on base to end the inning.
One of the highlights came when Altuve hit a seventh-inning leadoff home run into the Crawford Boxes to put the nail in the coffin.
The Astros went on to win it 7-2, and tie the series at one.
Luis Garcia will start Game 3 in Atlanta on Friday, with hopes to have another legendary game. The Astros have been tough to stop in the majority of their postseason games whenever their starting pitcher can at least get them five to six innings.
Their offense can really get going, and suck the life out of their opponents. The key to a Game 3 win rests with Garcia getting to at least five innings, passing it over to the bullpen, and Altuve doing what he does best, showing the world why he was the 2017 MVP.
Game 3 of the World Series heads to Atlanta on Friday, and starts at 7 p.m. You can watch on Fox 26 Houston.