The Astros Win Game 2

World Series: Framber Valdez and Astros Even Series With Game 2 Win

There was a big game in Houston at Minute Maid Park last night. The Astros went the distance in Game 1 before losing 15-1, and Game 2 was a little less compelling, but was exciting as well. After the Astros led 5-2 heading into the 7th inning, they went on a tear to win the game, going to the 11th inning and winning it in 8.

However, the big takeaway from Game 2 was Mike Trout’s first career grand slam and Justin Verlander’s first career complete game victory. The other highlight of the night was Astros manager Bo Porter’s decision to use Lance McCullers Jr. in a way that drew mixed reactions but was a pretty smart decision. The Astros will be a much better team once McCullers is back to full strength.

Houston came into the game riding a three-game series sweep streak, and it was the Astros who started it with the first run. Brandon Barnes and Carlos Correa each hit RBI singles to put runners on the corners with two outs, with both runners left alive. With a ground ball to the shortstop, Austin Hedges advanced on a sacrifice bunt to bring in the run. Carlos Correa then took the throw and crushed a 2-0 fastball to the warning track, giving the Astros the lead for good. It was the Astros third win in four games against the Giants (2-1), and the first time they swept a series in San Francisco since the Giants won four straight from 2005-2008.)

In the top of the eighth inning, the Astros were one out away from tying the game. With the potential tying run on second and with one out, Lance McCullers Jr. struck out Will Harris, but gave up the long ball on the next pitch. McCullers did not give up a hit in the game, but he went just 2.2 innings with two walks and seven strikeouts.

The Astros put a 3-2 lead in the seventh on a pair of walks by Jose Altuve and a hit batsman off Clayton Richard, but it was not enough as the Giants took the lead for good. After a leadoff walk, Matt Duffy hit a ball to short center and took third

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