Astros sweep extends Twins postseason heartbreak

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/players/9573/" data-ylk="slk:Carlos Correa">Carlos Correa</a> of the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/teams/houston/" data-ylk="slk:Houston Astros">Houston Astros</a> celebrates his go-ahead home run in Game 2 of the wild-card series. (Photo by Jordan Johnson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros celebrates his go-ahead dwelling run in Recreation 2 of the wild-card collection. (Photograph by Jordan Johnson/MLB Images through Getty Pictures)

Throughout MLB’s busy wild-card collection, we’ll preserve you up to date proper right here on outcomes, must-see moments and what’s subsequent in every matchup.

What occurred? The Minnesota Twins’ postseason distress continues. After dropping 3-1 to the Houston Astros in Recreation 2 of the AL wild-card collection, the Twins season has ended and their report postseason dropping streak has been prolonged to 18 video games. 

Houston’s Carlos Correa delivered the decisive blow in Recreation 2, smashing a go-ahead solo dwelling run within the seventh inning. It was the primary dwelling run within the collection that includes two of MLB’s high 5 homer-hitting groups over the past two seasons.   

Minnesota’s offense may solely muster one run in opposition to Astros starter Jose Urquidy and three relievers. The Twins scored simply two runs whole in what could go down as their most disappointing postseason exit in a collection of heart-wrenching outcomes.

What’s subsequent? For the fifth time in six seasons, the Astros have superior to the ALDS. It is just a little totally different this time, in fact. Quite than touring to Chicago or Oakland for an ALDS matchup with the White Sox or A’s, they’ll advance to MLB’s postseason impartial website. Meaning a visit to Southern California for them.  

One other famous distinction: Houston would be the first group in MLB historical past to advance to the LDS with a dropping common season report. Of all groups to tug that off, and of all seasons for it to occur, that is what baseball has given us. We will not think about baseball followers will in any approach be thrilled contemplating the whole lot that is occurred with the Astros sign-stealing scandal. However typically baseball goes to baseball.

You see this? Twins outfielder Alex Kirilloff made historical past Wednesday, changing into the primary participant ever to make his MLB debut in a postseason recreation. Fittingly, he was the primary Twins participant to get a success in Recreation 2 when he delivered a fourth-inning single. 

What occurred? The Tampa Bay Rays made fast work of the Toronto Blue Jays, successful Recreation 2 of the AL wild-card collection 8-2 to finish the sweep and advance to the ALDS. 

The Rays took management of Recreation 2 early on by making the most of two Bo Bichette throwing errors. Hunter Renfroe delivered the decisive blow, launching a grand slam to cap Tampa Bay’s six-run second inning proper after Bichette’s second error prolonged the inning. The slam ended the afternoon for Blue Jays starter Hyun Jin Ryu, who was charged with seven runs — three earned — over 1 2/Three innings. 

Offensively, the Blue Jays had no reply for Rays starter Tyler Glasnow The 27-year-old right-hander allowed two runs — each on Danny Jansen dwelling runs — over six innings whereas putting out eight. As in Recreation 1, Tampa Bay’s bullpen completed the job, throwing three scoreless innings.

What’s subsequent? The Rays will transfer on to the ALDS for the sixth time in franchise historical past. They’ve misplaced every of their final 4 ALDS appearances after advancing all the way in which to the World Collection in 2008. 

The No. 1 seeded Rays would be the “dwelling group” once they meet both the Cleveland Indians or New York Yankees within the subsequent spherical. All the collection can be performed at MLB’s impartial postseason website in Southern California. The ALDS begins on Monday, Oct. 5. 

You see this? Hunter Renfroe’s grand slam was Tampa Bay’s first ever within the postseason. 

Recreation 2: Oakland A’s 5, Chicago White Sox 3

What occurred? The Oakland A’s aren’t going quietly. After dropping Recreation 1 of their collection with the Chicago White Sox, the A’s got here out swinging in Recreation 2.

They received 5-Three after a dramatic ninth-inning — knotting the collection 1-1 and sending this AL wild-card collection right into a winner-take-all Recreation Three on Thursday.

Going through former Cy Younger winner Dallas Keuchel, the A’s scored 4 runs within the first two innings and added one other within the fourth. Marcus Semien delivered a two-run homer within the second inning and Khris Davis hit a solo dinger within the fourth.

It was the other of Recreation 1, the place Sox ace Lucas Giolito took a no-hitter into the seventh and dominated Oakland. It was the White Sox offense that struck usually in Recreation 1, however they had been quieted Wednesday by A’s starter Chris Bassitt, who scattered six hits throughout seven innings and allowed just one run.

The White Sox made issues fascinating within the eighth when Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer off A’s nearer Liam Hendriks. Hendriks had a tough eighth and nearly seemed able to shut the door within the ninth, however with two outs the White Sox loaded the bases in opposition to Hendricks and the A’s turned to Jake Diekman to save lots of the day.

Subsequent it was Grandal once more, who had additionally homered in Recreation 1. He labored a stroll to make the rating 5-Three and convey Jose Abreu to the plate with the bases nonetheless loaded. The drama was excessive, however Abreu grounded out to second base and the A’s bullpen escaped.

The A's rebounded in Game 2 against the White Sox and tied their AL wild-card series at 1-1. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
The A’s rebounded in Recreation 2 in opposition to the White Sox and tied their AL wild-card collection at 1-1. (Photograph by Daniel Shirey/MLB Images through Getty Pictures)

What’s subsequent? Winner-take-all Recreation Three would not have the identical ring as winner-take-all Recreation 7, however they’ve the identical impact. On Thursday, the White Sox and A’s will meet once more to find out which group advances to the postseason impartial website to face both the Astros or Twins, and which group’s excellent season ends with quick disappointment.  

The Recreation Three pitching matchup has not but been decided. The sport will air on ESPN with a 3:10 p.m. ET scheduled first pitch. 

Recreation 1: Miami Marlins 5, Chicago Cubs 1

What occurred? The Miami Marlins have taken Recreation 1 of the NL wild-card collection, defeating the Chicago Cubs, 5-1, at Wrigley Subject. 

In a postseason that is been dominated by pitching duels, this was shaping up as one other basic till the Marlins’ bats erupted within the seventh inning. Corey Dickerson slugged a three-run dwelling run in opposition to Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks to get Miami on the board. Two batters later, Jesus Aguilar supplied some insurance coverage by ripping a two-run homer to proper. 

Till that time, Miami starter Sandy Alcantara did a wonderful job maintaining his group within the recreation. The 25-year-old right-hander restricted Chicago to at least one run on three hits over 6 2/Three innings. He struck out 4, walked three and compelled seven ground-ball outs. 

Relationship again to the notorious 2003 NLCS, the Marlins have now received 4 straight postseason video games in opposition to the Cubs. The final three have are available in Chicago. 

Jesus Aguilar celebrates with Starling Marte after hitting a home run in Game 1 of the wild-card series. The Marlins were victorious. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Jesus Aguilar celebrates with Starling Marte after hitting a house run in Recreation 1 of the wild-card collection. The Marlins had been victorious. (Photograph by Nuccio DiNuzzo/MLB Images through Getty Pictures)

What’s subsequent? The NL Central champion Cubs are already on the point of elimination. They are going to struggle to remain alive on Thursday afternoon in Recreation 2, which is scheduled to start at 2:08 p.m. ET and can air once more on ABC.

Chicago has the fitting man on the hill to increase the collection. Cy Younger candidate Yu Darvish (8-3, 2.01 ERA) will lastly make his postseason debut for the Cubs after lacking a lot of the 2018 season. Miami will counter with spectacular rookie Sixto Sanchez (3-2, 3.46 ERA).

The Marlins are additionally ready to find out the standing of outfielder Starling Marte, who based on ESPN’s Jeff Passan suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left pinky finger following a ninth-inning hit-by-pitch.

You see this? Corey Dickerson’s first profession postseason dwelling run was an absolute missile, measured at 105.Four MPH off the bat.

Recreation 1: Atlanta Braves 1, Cincinnati Reds 0

What occurred? It was a pitcher’s duel between the Reds and Braves — till it grew to become a historic match of zeroes. After 12 scoreless innings, the Braves lastly scored within the 13th when Freddie Freeman walked it off and gave Atlanta a 1-Zero win and an identical collection lead.

In a matchup the place the pitchers had been a high storyline, Trevor Bauer was nearly as good as marketed and Max Fried gave the much-maligned Braves employees the whole lot it may have hoped for in Recreation 1. 

As the sport obtained by 11 innings at 0-0, it made historical past because the longest scoreless playoff recreation ever. Neither group scored within the 12th both. Within the 13th, the Reds blew an opportunity with the bases loaded and one out. The Braves then began the underside of the 13th with two singles and a fielder’s selection, organising Freeman’s walk-off single.

Early on, pitching was the story. Fried threw six shutout innings, putting out 5, whereas Bauer was magnificent by 7 2/Three innings. He struck out 12 and allowed solely two hits. It was the sort of postseason pitching duel we haven’t seen since 2016:

What’s subsequent? With the Braves taking a 1-Zero lead within the collection, the 2 groups will meet once more Thursday in Atlanta — with the Reds trying to even it up and Braves trying to transfer on to the subsequent spherical.

The Reds must assume the pitching matchup leans of their favor. They’ll ship Luis Castillo (4-6, 3.21 ERA) to the mound whereas the Braves counter with Ian Anderson (3-2, 1.95). Anderson, 22, has been spectacular since getting known as up in August, however this can be simply his seventh profession begin. Bullpens may play an element too, because the Braves used seven relievers in Recreation 1.

First pitch is at 12:08 p.m. ET with TV protection on ESPN.

You see this? Present the youngsters this nice execution from the Braves on slicing down a runner at third base.

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