Astros World Series – Game by Game

Updated after each game

Tyson Gagliano, Editor

Game One – Braves Cruise Past Astros 6-2

The Atlanta Braves have defeated the Houston Astros 6-2 in game one of the World Series. The game took place at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas on Oct. 26. The direction of the game was clear from the jump as DH Jorge Soler led off with a solo homer and scored another run off a Austin Riley double. Adam Duvall blast a 2-run homer in the third inning extending the lead to five. Braves starting Charlie Morton was pulled in the third with an injury after he was hit with a comebacker which after X-rays was determined to be a broken fibula. His final stat line was 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez struggled to find the zone tonight giving up five earned runs. His final stat line was 2.0 IP, 8 H, 1 BB, 2 SO. The bullpen only gave up one run the rest of the game. The Braves now lead the series 1-0 with game 2 being tomorrow night at 7:10pm.

Game Two – Astros Bounce Back to Tie Series at One

The Astros have defeated the Atlanta Braves 7-2. This ties the series at 1-1. The game took place at Minute Maid Park. The Astros offense came alive tonight scoring five in the first two innings. The Astros would then knock on two more to win it. 2B Jose Altuve had two hits and a solo homer in the seventh. Six separate players had an RBI. The Braves on the other hand struggled offensively only scoring two runs in the second and fifth. The Astros got a solid showing out of starting pitcher José Urquidy. He would go five innings only allowing two ER with seven SO. His final stat line is 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO. On the other side, starting pitcher Max Fried went 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO. Atlanta’s bullpen only gave up 1 run. Game three will be Friday night in Atlanta. Both teams will get tomorrow off before playing games three, four and five in Atlanta. Luis Garcia will start game three for the Astros while the Braves will put Ian Anderson on the mound.

Game Three –  Astro’s Offense Disappears as Braves Win 2-0, Takes 2-1 Series Lead

The Atlanta Braves have defeated the Houston Astros 2-0 in game 3 of the World Series. They now lead the series 2-1. The game took place at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves pitching were able to keep the Astros hitless all the way until the eighth inning. Braves pitcher Ian Anderson pitched fifth innings giving up 0 hits, no earned runs and four strikeouts. His final stat line is 5.0 IP, 0 H, 3 BB, and 4 SO. For Atlanta’s offense they had sixth hits with a run scored in the third and eighth innings. The Astros on the other hand had a strong performance by pitcher Luis Garcia who had a final stat line of 3.2 Ip, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, and 6 SO. Houston used five relievers who kept the braves to just one run. The offense was non-existent with seven hitless innings. The only players with hits tonight were DH Aledmys Diaz and 3B Alex Bregman. The Braves now lead the series 2-1. The next game will be tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

Game Four – Braves Use Back-to-Back to Sneak Past Astros 3-2 and take a 3-1 Lead in Series

The Atlanta Braves have defeated the Houston Astros 3-2 in Game 4 of the World Series. The game was played at SunTrust Park. The Braves came up clutch in the seventh inning with back-to-back jacks from SS Dansby Swanson and RF Jorge Soler off Astros pitcher Cristian Javier. Atlanta scored in the sixth inning after
trailing 2-0. The win puts the Braves one win away from fourth World Series title. The Astros were able to strike first in the top of the first inning. They followed that up with a 2B Jose Altuve home run in the fourth which put them up 2-0. Pitcher Zach Greinke took the mound and gave four solid innings of pitching. His final stat line is 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, and 3 SO. The next game will take place tomorrow night at 7 p.m. It will be the last home game for Atlanta before heading back to Houston if necessary.

Game Five – Astros Keep Season Alive with 9-5 Win Over Brave

The Astros have defeated the Atlanta Braves 9-5 in Game five of the World Series. The Braves still lead the series 3-2. The game took place at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia. It looked bleak for the Astros early on after starting pitcher Framber Valdez gave up a grand slam in the first inning. Valdez however was able to bounce back with a solid performance in the second inning. He gave up a solo homerun to 1B Freedie Freeman in the third which would end his night. His final stat line is 2.2 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, and 1 SO. The offense came alive tonight for Houston scoring a pair in both the second and third inning to tie the game. They took their first lead in the fifth and rode it all the way to the end. They have tied the record for most 5+ run games in a single postseason. The Brave’s offense was quiet for the most part following the grand slam, scoring one in the third before being shut down the rest of the night. Starting pitcher Tucker Davidson went 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, and 1 SO. The two teams will rest tomorrow before heading back to Houston for game six. First pitch will be Tuesday night at 7 p.m..

Game Six – Braves Claim Fourth Championship Domination Astros 7-0

The Braves are World Champions after defeating the Houston Astros 7-0 in game six. The game took place at Minute Maid Park. Braves starting pitcher Max Fried came up big tonight pitching six innings while allowing four hits, 0 ER, 0 BB while striking out six. The pitching was able to shut down one of the best offenses in baseball shutting them out while only allowing six hits. Coincidentally, the last team to win a championship on a shut out was the Chicago Whitesox, who swept Houston in 2005. The offense for Atlanta stayed red hot after a third run blast from DH Jorge Soler in the third. They blew the game wide open in the fifth scoring three runs before scoring another one in the seventh. Both 1B Freddie Freeman and SS Dansby Swanson had two RBI’s. This is the Braves first championship since 1995 when they beat the Cleveland Indians in 6 games. This is Atlanta’s fourth championship in franchise history. DH Jorge Soler was named the Willie Mays World Series MVP. Soler had five hits and five RBI’s in the World Series. He was walked four times. The Braves struggled heavily with injuries after losing Charlie Morton in game one, losing superstar Ronald Acuna Jr to a torn ACL in July and Mike Soroka re-tearing his achilles in June. Atlanta made some moves at the trade deadline this past season acquiring Jorge Soler who would be a huge part in the team’s success. The team also acquired OF Eddie Rosario and INF Pablo Sandoval. For the Astros, the offense which got them to the World Series vanished as they couldn’t bring home any runs. The team was shut down most of the series offensively being shut out as well in game three. For their pitching SP Framber Valdez struggled in both games one and three giving five runs in each one. On paper, the Astros seem like the clearly superior team, but the braves were able to capitalize when it mattered most for their fourth championship. Atlanta will look to repeat as champions when the new season opens on March 31.