The pitching was top-tier, but the offense was a no-show in the Astros loss to the Braves 2-0 in Game 3 of the World Series in Atlanta.
The Astros are down 2-1 in the Series.
Luis Garcia didn’t have a bad game, but his pitch count got a bit high, and it had a lot to do with him walking four batters. Outside of the home run off Graveman in the eighth inning, the pitching overall for the Astros was pretty solid.
But that scary offense we are used to seeing from the ‘Stros was nonexistent.
The Astros can’t go cold like this, especially when their pitching overall has been good. They need to score as early as possible, to suck the life out of the Braves. Whenever the Astros have big innings like in Game 2, it’s hard for other teams to recover.
Astros manager Dusty Baker announced after Game 3 that Zack Greinke will start for Game Four. Greinke hasn’t pitched as much this postseason, so it’s hard to know what to expect.
Baker said he has full confidence in the pitcher, “If anybody knows how to pitch in a big game, it's Greinke.” Baker wasn’t sure how long he would go. Hopefully, the Astros can get a quality start from 38-year-old.
Here’s What Happened in Game 3
Luis Garcia lasted only 3.2 innings, giving up three hits, one earned run, and striking out six, along with four walks.
In the bottom of the third, Luis Garcia walked Eddie Rosario, which lead to a Freddie Freeman single to left center field that moved Rosario to second.
Austin Riley doubled to left field and that drove in Eddie Rosario making it 1-0 Atlanta.
Braves pitcher Ian Anderson went five innings and gave up no hits. The Braves pitching overall gave up only two hits, seven strikeouts, and three walks. The Astros first hit came in the eighth inning from Aledmys Diaz off Tyler Mattel.
However, Atlanta took a 2-0 lead with a home run from Travis d’Arnaud to center field off of Kendall Graveman.
Alex Bregman singled to shallow center field in the ninth inning, but that wasn’t enough as Yordan Alvarez, Carlos Correa, and Kyle Tucker failed to get anything off Braves Pitcher Will Smith as he shut the door on the Astros to close out the game.
The World Series Game 4 watch party at Minute Maid Park starts at 5:00 p.m. For more information: astros.com/watchparty. The game starts at 7:09 p.m.