Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros (HOU leads 1-0)
The Astros look to extend their series lead to 2-0 after a dominating 6-1 victory yesterday. Houston scored in four of the first five innings and were up by six runs after five innings. Four players had at least two hits and two players drove in two runs.
Lance McCullers was practically untouchable for the Astros, as he threw 6 2⁄3 scoreless innings and didn’t issue a walk.
.@lmccullers43 is the first @astros pitcher to go 6.2+ scoreless innings in a #postseason game allowing 0 BB since Brandon Backe in the 2005 World Series, (Game 4) also against the White Sox. pic.twitter.com/9QrFD9KEPj— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 7, 2021
Things weren’t so smooth on the other side, as Lance Lynn struggled for Chicago. He lasted only 3 2⁄3 innings, allowing five runs on six hits.
For the game, the White Sox offense went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven runners on base.
Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers (Game 1)
The National League Division Series kicks off with the NL Central winning Brewers hosting the NL East winning Braves. It will be quite the pitching dual, as Corbin Burnes will take on Charlie Morton. Burnes is right in the hunt for the Cy Young Award, meanwhile Morton is coming off one of the best seasons of his lengthy big-league career.
Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays (TB leads 1-0)
The Red Sox will look to even up the series against the Rays after dropping the first game, 5-0. Boston actually out-hit Tampa Bay 9-6, but they couldn’t string together any sort of rally. The Red Sox were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight runners on base.
Shane McClanahan was great for Tampa, throwing five scoreless innings. The bullpen shoved as well, throwing four scoreless innings to follow.
The night belonged to Randy Arozarena, as he hit a home run, walked twice, scored three runs.... and STOLE HOME. This was a true old fashioned stealing of home as well. He became the first player in postseason history to hit a home run and steal home in the same game.
RANDY IS DOING IT ALL pic.twitter.com/IvOIg994Cc— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) October 8, 2021
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants (Game 1)
The game of the night. Saving the best for last, I might add. Dodgers vs. Giants in the playoffs for the first time ever. Walker Buehler vs. Logan Webb on the mound. I’m pumped!!!!
Chicago White Sox (Lucas Giolito) at Houston Astros (Framber Valdez)
First pitch: 11:07 a.m. PT
TV: MLB Network
Astros lead series 1-0
Atlanta Braves (Charlie Morton) at Milwaukee Brewers (Corbin Burnes)
First pitch: 1:37 p.m. PT
Boston Red Sox (Chris Sale) at Tampa Bay Rays (Shane Baz)
First pitch: 4:02 p.m. PT
Rays lead series 1-0
Los Angeles Dodgers (Walker Buehler) at San Francisco Giants (Logan Webb)
First pitch: 6:37 p.m. PT