The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros won the first game of the American League Division Series (ALDS, best of 5) with home runs.
Texas won a thrilling 3-2 victory in the first game of the ALDS against Baltimore held at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, USA on the 8th (Korean time). Texas took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning thanks to Evan Carter’s timely double and Jonah Haim’s timely hit.
Baltimore immediately trailed by one run in the bottom of the fourth inning with Ryan Mountcastle’s double. Then, Texas got away with one run in the top of the sixth inning when Josh Jeong scored a solo wedge.
Baltimore, the team with the highest winning percentage in the American League and returning to the postseason for the first time in seven years, scored one run in the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to Anthony Santander’s home run, but ultimately ended the game without being able to tie the game. On this day, both teams put in an all-out effort, each using six pitchers, and presented a postseason-worthy game.
At Minute Maid Park in Houston, last year’s World Series champion Houston Astros won 6-4 after a hard-fought game against the Minnesota Twins.
Houston opened the first inning with a home run by leadoff hitter Jose Altuve, and ran away with a 3-0 lead when Jordan Alvarez hit a two-run home run in the third inning. Then, in the 5th inning, Jose Abreu and Chas McCormick’s consecutive timely hits increased the score to 5-0.
Minnesota, which beat Toronto in the wild card series with two wins in two games, also showed its potential late. In the top of the 7th inning, Jorge Polanco’s 3-run home run and Royce Lewis’ 1-run home run tied the game up to 1 run.
The home run of Alvarez, the hero who led Houston to the World Series championship last year, saved Houston again. In the bottom of the 7th inning, Alvarez crossed the fence once again, putting a wedge in Houston’s victory.
In the National League Division Series (NLDS), the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the teams with the 1st and 2nd place in winning percentage in the National League, who did not play in the Wild Card Series, suffered the humiliation of losing after a poor performance.먹튀검증
Atlanta lost 0-3 in the home game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of the NLDS held at Truist Park in Atlanta, with the batting line silent.
Atlanta, which ranked first in MLB overall winning percentage this year with 104 wins in the regular season, lethargically lost its first game to Philadelphia, which came up after a wild card series.
Spencer Strider, who started as a starting pitcher, lasted 7 innings with 5 hits (1 home run), 8 strikeouts, and 2 runs (1 earned run), but did not receive support from the batting line and became the losing pitcher.
Atlanta, which gave up a timely hit to Brian Scott in the 4th inning and a solo home run to Bryce Harper in the 6th, gave up one more run in the 8th inning when catcher Sean Murphy interfered with the batting of JT Realmuto with the bases loaded and 2 outs.
The Dodgers, who invited the Arizona Diamondbacks to Dodger Stadium, had an even more miserable game. Clayton Kershaw, who started as a starting pitcher, had only one out in the first inning and collapsed, allowing 6 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, and 6 runs, resulting in a 2-11 loss.
Kershaw hit a double to No. 1 hitter Ketel Marte, a single to No. 2 hitter Corbin Carroll and No. 3 hitter Tommy Pham, a double to No. 4 hitter Christian Walker, and then hit a three-run home run to No. 5 hitter Gabriel Moreno, becoming the first player in Major League history to do so. He suffered the disgrace of being ‘a starting pitcher who failed to account for a single out in the postseason and gave up 5 hits and 5 runs.’
Arizona ace Merrill Kelly, from the KBO League, won his first MLB postseason appearance with 3 hits, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts, and no runs in 6 1/3 innings.