Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Astros – big zero at key points, one loss to WS elimination

ATLANTA (AP) – Time and again the Houston Astros scores bases.

With so much traffic, it looked like the notorious Downtown Connecter congestion driving Atlanta passengers crazy.

Just for the Astros’ sake, almost no one got home.

Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve had their chances on Saturday night. But the big blow eluded the Astros again, and they dropped to Atlanta 3-2 in Game 4 of the World Series, leaving them one relegation defeat.

Manager Dusty Baker even tried an innovative approach with his lineup. He placed good pitcher Zach Greinke in eighth place, ahead of catcher Martin Maldonado – the only time in a World Series game where a pitcher didn’t beat ninth was in 1918 with a left-handed Red Sox named Babe Ruth.

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Greinke also released a single.

But in the end it didn’t matter. The bases are loaded, the runners are in the corners, the second and third – in any situation the result has not changed.

The team that led the way in hits this season, a club packed with All-Stars and the top two players in the AL batting race, couldn’t survive.

Houston finished 0 of 8 with runners in a winning position, most of them early innings, and completed an 11 offset.

And just like that, the beloved Astros could be knocked out in Game 5 on Sunday night.

Having lost 2-0 the night before, Altuva and the Astros were out of the game.

Altuve started off with a home single on the first field of play, and the Astros then loaded bases with one against rookie Dylan Lee. Correa had a chance against feeding Kyle Wright, but he was only able to handle the RBI soft ground and Kyle Tucker struck.

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The Astros failed to cash in when they had two on and one in the second, with third baseman Austin Riley catching the dive after Altuva was beaten on the lane. Greinke grounded with loaded bases to finish the third.

Altuve finished fourth with a 2-0 lead. But by the time striker Marvin Gonzalez picked up the usual fly with the runners in the corners and finished fifth, it was clear that missed chances could easily return to haunt them on Halloween Eve.


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