Astros-Indians Game 2 preview: Pivotal game for both teams

Gerrit Cole gets the start. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

he ALDS series between the Astros and Indians will continue Saturday afternoon with Game 2 in Houston. Check back right after the game for a full recap:

When: 3:37 p.m.

Where: Minute Maid Park.


Streaming: TBS App.

Pitching matchup: Gerrit Cole vs. Carlos Carrasco.

Series: Astros lead 1-0.

The breakdown: We will get the chance to watch another strong pitching matchup in Game 2 today, with two 200+ strikeout pitchers going against each other in Cole and Carrasco. This is virtually a must-win game for the Indians, who would have to win three straight if they lose today, while a win for the Astros means they would only need one out of the next three games to move on to the ALCS. An Astros loss would make it a best of three with Cleveland hosting two of those games. The Astros will look to their offense to continue their playoff success at home to back up Cole on the mound. 

Series schedule:

 Game   Res./date .                           Location       Pitching matchup                
1  Astros 7, Indians 2            Minute Maid       Verlander (W) Kluber (L)
2  Sat. 10/6, 3:37 PM  Minute Maid                Cole vs. Carrasco
3  Mon. 10/8, 12:30 PM  Cleveland       Keuchel vs. Clevinger
4*  Tues. 10/9, 3:35 PM  Cleveland       Morton+ vs. TBD
5*  Thu. 10/11, 3:07 PM  Minute Maid        Verlander+ vs. TBD

* Games 4-5 are if necessary.
+-projected starters

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Houston drops the opener

Angels use big sixth inning to take opener from Astros

Houston's offense started hot, then went cold Monday. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images.

With a 2-1 series win under their belt to start this ten-game homestand, the Astros turned the page to a three-game set with the Angels on Monday night. Things started strong for Houston, building an early lead, but it would erode in the middle innings as the Angels would respond with a big sixth inning to take the opener.

Final Score: Angels 5, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 18-17, tied for second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Suarez (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Brandon Bielak (1-2)

Houston Builds an early lead

After a 1-2-3 top of the first by Luis Garcia, Houston would start the scoring in the bottom of the inning. Back-to-back walks set things off, setting up an RBI ground-rule double by Alex Bregman, giving them the 1-0 lead. Kyle Tucker lead the bottom of the second off with a double, then came around to score on an RBI single by Myles Straw, then Michael Brantley made it 3-0 with an RBI double later in the inning.

Los Angeles roars back to take the lead

Los Angeles trimmed the lead to two runs in the top of the fourth with an RBI double, but Houston was able to get that run back on another RBI by Straw in the bottom of the fifth. Things fell apart for Garcia in the top of the sixth, with back-to-back one-out solo homers trimming the lead to one run and ending his night there: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 HR, 92 P.

The Angels didn't stop there, getting two more runs to take the lead off of Brandon Bielak, who managed just one out while blowing the lead. Brooks Raley would enter to get the final out of the inning, then tried to keep the deficit at one run when he returned in the top of the seventh. It looked like things might unravel for him, allowing the first two batters to reach base on a walk and single, but he would battle back to strike out the next three straight to strand both.

Angels take the opener

Joe Smith took over in the top of the eighth, still 5-4, but would get two outs while allowing a double in his three batters before Houston moved on to Kent Emanuel, who finished the inning off. After another scoreless inning for Houston's offense, Emanuel remained in the game in the top of the ninth to keep a walk-off chance alive, and he would do so by erasing a walk to send the one-run game to the bottom half. The Astros wouldn't pull off a comeback, though, dropping the opener to Los Angeles.

Up Next: The middle game of this series will be another 7:10 PM Central start on Tuesday night. It shapes up to be an exciting pitching matchup, with Lance McCullers Jr. (2-1, 3.58 ERA) for Houston going up against the two-way star Shohei Ohtani (1-0, 2.41 ERA) for Los Angeles.

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