The NLCS continued on Wednesday, with the fathers evening the series at 1-1 with an 8-5 victory over the Phillieswhile the Astros won Game 1 of the ALCS, beating the Yankees 4-2.
Here are the best games Yankees-Astros:
Bader does it again
After hitting three home runs in the ALDS, Harrison Bader put the Yankees first in the ALCS with a home run Justin Verlander take a 1-0 lead in the second set.
The Astros Strike Back
After the Yankees took the lead in the top of the second, the Astros tied when Martin Maldonado hitting a double RBI.
Verlander was cooking after giving up the home run to Bader in second. He recorded his sixth strikeout of the game in the fourth inning when he struck out Isaiah Kinder-House. It was also Verlander’s 215th strikeout in the playoffs, giving him the record for most strikeouts in playoff history.
Verlander struck out nine Yankees batters in five innings, allowing just one run on three hits.
Major double play
The Astros were able to load the bases in the fifth inning as they got Jameson Taillon offside. Following a Alex Bregman walking, Clarke Schmidt obtained Kyle Tucker on the floor in an end-of-inning double play to get out of the jam.
Yuli Gurriel broke a 1-1 tie on the first at bat from the bottom of the sixth inning, hitting the inside slider into the Crawford Boxes to give the Astros a 2-1 lead.
And another home run for the ‘Stros
Two batters after Yuli Gurriel gave them head, Chas McCormick went the opposite way for a home run to extend the Astros’ lead to 3-1 and end Schmidt’s day.
Beginner Jeremy Rock continued his playoff exploits in the seventh when he himself hit a solo home run to extend the Astros’ lead to 4-1.
Anthony Rizo made it interesting in the eighth inning when he hit a solo homer to cut the Astros’ lead to 4-2.
Sealing game 1
Astros closer Ryan Pressley entered the game with two outs but with two Yankees runners on base in the eighth inning. He got out of trouble by knocking Matt Charpentier and struck off Bader and Isaiah Kiner-Falefa to open the ninth inning.
Finally he got Jose Trevino to end the game and give Houston a win in Game 1.
Here are the best games Phillies Padres:
Support your launcher
Blake Snell got early support from his defense early in the first.
The Phillies stay hot
After singles Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos at the top of the second, a Alec Bohm single scored Harper to give Philly a 1-0 lead.
After Snell’s withdrawal Jean Seguraa Matt Vierling the flying ball got caught in the sun, causing John Soto to drop it. Castellanos scored to give Philly a 2-0 lead.
A difficult start to the day
Another single – this time from Edmond Sosa – Bohm scored, giving the Phillies a 3-0 lead early in the second.
In Philadelphia’s next game, Kyle Schwarber knocked out first, but it was enough to score Vierling, creating a 4-0 lead for PHI.
Two tours are better than one
After a hellish start to the second for the Padres, San Diego fought back, courtesy of back-to-back dingers from Brandon Dry and Josh Bell.
Philly’s lead was reduced to 4-2.
No brotherly love
Little brother Aaron Nola got the best of big brother Austin How in this very first battle of the brothers.
Manny warming up
Manny Machado was upset by a call from the plate umpire while at bat in the third inning, which resulted in a strikeout. Earlier at bat, Machado nearly hit a solo home run but the ball drifted foul
Machado’s foul ball was so close to eliminating MLB on FOX analyst by John Smoltz coffee.
After his little brother got the better of him in his first game at bat, Austin Nola got a hit against Aaron Nola in their second game. He ended up being a big one too. Nola’s right-hand single scored Ha Seong Kim all the way from the first to cut the Phillies’ lead to 4-3.
The moment left Father Nola in a tough spot.
The Padres came back from a 4-0 hole to tie the game in the fifth inning when Soto doubled down the right field line to score Austin Nola from third. Aaron Nola’s day ended with a batter later after he retired Machado for the second time.
The Padres take the lead
Drury stepped up the clutch again for San Diego, hitting a single to center to score two runners with the bases loaded. The hit gave the Padres a 6-4 lead in the fifth inning.
After hitting back-to-back home runs in the second inning, Drury and Bell hit back-to-back RBI singles in the fifth. After Drury’s two-run hit that gave the Padres the lead, Bell extended it with a hit to the right.
Manny being Manny
The Padres All-Star third baseman gave them an insurance run in the seventh, hitting a solo shot from over 400 feet to extend San Diego’s lead to 8-4.
Phils gets one
Rhys Hoskins opened the eighth inning by hitting a home run on the first pitch he saw from the Padres’ reliever Robert Suarez, which had not allowed a run all season at Petco Park. The homer cut the Padres’ lead to 8-5 and was the Phillies’ first run since leading 4-0.
Padres closer Josh Hader came in for ninth and knocked out the Phillies to even the series at 1-1.
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