WWE comes out of Clash of Champions in great shape


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Coming out of Clash of Champions, Raw was epic. Seth Rollins holding onto the title and now setting up a rivalry with The Fiend is going to be a great match, I'm a huge Bray Wyatt fan but this does feel early. Also it's disappointing that Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler are the champs if for no other reason than because they came out to Dolph's music and now one of the most Glorious entrance songs just got buried by bad writing. Also, I thought they were going to do King of the Ring during Clash of the Champions, did I miss something? Now Baron Corbin is going to be even more obnoxious that he is King of the Ring. This paternity storyline is silly, the announcers can't even keep a straight face talking about it. It's great to see Rusev back, lean and sporting an amazing moustache, but not as part of this lame baby storyline. Alexa and Nikki are great champions and a fun tag team, and every week Alexa is looking better and better since she recovered from her long-time injury. Raw finished strong with The Fiend taking out Kane and posing over Seth.

Smackdown started off with the Revival and Randy Orton in a tag match against The New Day. It's a little sad to see the New Day drop their titles to The Revival but we'll see where it goes. Ali is probably my least favorite wrestler getting screen time right now. The Kevin Owens lawsuit bit has been done before between him and Shane, this is literally the second lawsuit between them specifically, but they are great to go at each other on the mic. Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair put on an awesome match and the Carmella run in was a nice surprise, I hope Carmella gets back in the ring soon. The build up to a Kofi and Brock match will be great, these are some of the best mic working people in the WWE right now, The New Day and Paul Heyman. Heavy Machinery is great but I feel for Otis running around the ring, he's exhausted by the time he gets to the ring it looks like.

It's a great week out of Clash of Champions and building up towards Hell in the Cell.

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Boston's two grand slams in the first two innings were too much for Houston to overcome in ALCS Game 2. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

After a win in ALCS Game 1 that had the prototypical fingerprints of this Astros team all over it, Houston returned to Minute Maid Park on Saturday, hoping to take a dominant 2-0 series lead if they could grab another victory. The Red Sox dashed those hopes very early, though, scoring eight runs across the first two innings to build the lead they would hold on to even the series.

Final Score: Boston 9, Astros 5

ALCS Series (Best of Seven): tied 1-1

Winning Pitcher: Nathan Eovaldi

Losing Pitcher: Luis Garcia

Houston met with disaster to start Game 2

You couldn't have drawn up a much better start for the Red Sox or a worse one for the Astros in Saturday's ALCS Game 2. Luis Garcia met early disaster in the top of the first inning, allowing a leadoff double, then got two outs while issuing two walks to load the bases. That brought up Boston's designated hitter, J.D. Martinez, to the plate, and he delivered a crushing blow to Houston, launching a grand slam to put the Red Sox up 4-0 before Houston could even get to the plate.

After a scoreless bottom of the inning by his offense, things got worse for Garcia in the top of the second, as after issuing a four-pitch walk to start the frame, he would become the center of a meeting at the mound with trainers, ultimately leaving the game with an injury. Houston opted to bring in Jake Odorizzi for the emergency call to the bullpen, but things did not start well for him either. He would put two of his own batters on base with two singles, then gave up the second grand slam in as many innings, this one to Rafael Devers to double Boston's lead to 8-0, doubling down on Houston's disastrous start to the game.

Odorizzi rebounded with a 1-2-3 third, but with one out in the top of the fourth allowed a solo homer to Kiké Hernández, his third homer of the series so far. He would still get the job done of eating up a few innings, finishing the fourth, and retiring Boston in order in the fifth, giving Houston just four more innings to cover with the rest of their relievers.

Astros get a few runs back

Over that span, Houston did trim the lead by three runs, getting an RBI double by Kyle Tucker and a two-RBI single by Yuli Gurriel in the bottom of the fourth, making it a six-run game at 9-3. Their next reliever was Blake Taylor in the top of the sixth, and he would keep the score where it stood by sitting down the three batters he faced that frame.

The Astros threatened again in the bottom of the sixth, getting two singles to put two aboard, but would come out empty, sending the game on to the seventh, where Taylor would remain on the mound. He faced three more batters, getting two out while allowing a single before Yimi Garcia would come in to get the third out.

Red Sox even the series as it shifts to Boston

Garcia returned in the top of the eighth, getting through that inning despite a walk and hit by pitch, stranding both runners. Boston's bullpen kept Houston from getting any closer in the bottom of the eighth, then Ryne Stanek came in for the Astros in the top of the ninth. Stanek allowed a leadoff double, but with a groundout and double play, held the score at 9-3. Yuli Gurriel and Jason Castro did their part to keep the Astros alive in the bottom of the ninth, each hitting solo homers to make it 9-5, but that's as close as they'd come, dropping Game 2 to tie the series at one game apiece.

Up Next: The ALCS now moves to Boston for the next three games after a day off on Sunday, with Game 3 on Monday at 7:08 PM Central. While the Astros have named Jose Urquidy as their starter, the Red Sox have not yet determined theirs.

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