Astros vs. Mariners score: Yordan Alvarez hits another clutch homer to give Houston 2-0 ALDS lead – CBS Sports

  • October 15, 2022

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The Houston Astros defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Thursday in Game 2 of the American League Division Series. The best-of-five series now sees Houston lead 2-0. Houston’s Yordan Alvarez, the hero of Game 1, once again served as the late-inning hero for the Astros, hitting a two-run, go-ahead home-run in the bottom of the sixth to swing the score from 2-1 in favor of the Mariners to 3-2 in favor of the Astros. 
Take a look:
You cannot stop Yordan, you can only hope to contain him. pic.twitter.com/qpcrEUXGkB
Here are four things to know about the Astros’ Game 2 win.
It was Alvarez who hit the walk-off three-run home-run in Game 1, and as mentioned in the introduction, it was Alvarez who turned the tides in Game 2. Seattle starter Luis Castillo and the Mariners had been rolling to that point, yet whatever momentum they had sustained proved to not matter. Instead, Alvarez became the third player in Division Series history to launch multiple go-ahead home runs in the sixth inning or later, according to MLB.com’s Andrew Simon:
Players to hit multiple go-ahead HR in the 6th inning or later in a single Division Series:

2022 – Yordan Alvarez
2002 – Troy Glaus
1995 – Ken Griffey Jr.
Alvarez’s blast, for those wondering, traveled 371 feet and had an exit velocity of 103.6 mph, according to Statcast. 
Alvarez entered Thursday with a career .291/.396/.496 slash line and four home runs in 35 postseason contests. He added a very important number to that column on Thursday.
The Mariners, presumably tired of getting beat by Alvarez, decided to walk him intentionally in the bottom of the eighth inning. The IBB came with a runner on first and two outs in the inning, meaning Seattle manager Scott Servais violated one of the analytical rules of thumb when it comes to intentional walks: never issue one to advance a runner. Servais and the Mariners would pay for the decision, as Alex Bregman singled in an insurance run. 
It didn’t end up mattering (though the Mariners did bring the tying run to the plate on two occasions in the ninth), but it may speak to Servais and company taking a more conservative approach to facing Alvarez heading forward.
On paper, Luis Castillo and Framber Valdez looked like a potential pitcher’s duel between aces. They may not have traded zeroes throughout the afternoon, but each delivered a solid performance all the same.
Castillo was acquired by the Mariners from the Cincinnati Reds at the trade deadline for starts like these. He threw seven innings before giving way to the M’s bullpen, permitting three runs on five hits and no walks. (All three runs scored on home runs, Alvarez’s and a solo shot hit by Kyle Tucker earlier in the game.) Castillo also struck out seven batters and continued to show increased velocity.
through 3 IP today, Castillo is up to 32 pitches at 99.0+ mph so far this postseason https://t.co/AyNBzlF6NG
Valdez, for his part, exited with two outs in the sixth inning. To that point, he had surrendered two runs (albeit only one earned) on four hits and three walks. Valdez struck out six of the 24 batters he faced. 
Combine Castillo and Valdez’s lines and you get the following: 12 2/3 innings, nine hits, five runs (four earned), three walks, and 13 strikeouts.
It’s worth noting that Valdez departed after loading the bases; reliever Hector Neris induced a threat-ending groundout to keep the deficit at one. That proved to be important, both to Valdez’s statline and the game’s outcome, as Alvarez homered in the subsequent half-iinning.
The Astros are now firmly in control of the series. According to our Dayn Perry’s research, 144 teams have fallen behind 0-2 in the Division Series, and only 10 have managed to come back and win the series — most recently by the Yankees vs. Cleveland in 2017. Perhaps the Mariners will prove fit for the task — they will host two of the potential three remaining games — but the odds are very much in favor of the Astros advancing to play for the pennant. 
The Mariners and Astros will take Friday off for travel purposes as the series shifts to Seattle. They’ll reconvene on Saturday afternoon to play Game 3, or the first postseason contest to be hosted in Seattle since 2001. Lance McCullers Jr. is scheduled to start for the Astros; he’ll oppose the Mariners’ George Kirby, who will be attempting to force a Game 4. 
The series winner will advance to the AL Championship Series, where they’ll play for the pennant against either the New York Yankees or the Cleveland Guardians. (Game 2 between the Yankees and Guardians was postponed until Friday because of rain.)
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.@JuliaMorales catches up with OF Kyle Tucker following today’s Game 2 win in the ALDS.

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Yordan Alvarez is the 1st player in MLB postseason history with multiple go-ahead HRs in the 6th inning or later with their team trailing.
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Still Yordaddy.

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4-2 final in this one. The Mariners really needed to hold on in Game 1. Now their dream season hangs in the balance. Credit the Astros for playing like the better team. 
One more.

Final: #Astros 4, Mariners 2 pic.twitter.com/tb0H6jDdEI
Adam Frazier got on, JP Crawford smoked a line drive but it was behind him to first base and resulted into a lineout double play. Julio doubles and it’s 0-2 to Ty France. 
Should’ve walked him. pic.twitter.com/MFwLofkL5B
The liner went right at Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger and it took him a second to get the handle before unleashing a great throw. I wonder how that goes if he got hold of it cleanly. Regardless, the Astros now have their insurance run. 

Also, give props to Bregman for swinging at the first pitch. After the IBB, it feels likely the pitcher will try to get strike one on the board. 
Bregman gets the insurance run in. Now 4-2 Astros.
It’ll be Alex Bregman. First base wasn’t open but it didn’t matter. The Mariners put Yordan on. 
There’s a runner on first. The Astros could use insurance. It’s The Crusher of Worlds (ok, only baseballs, but still). 
Well, nevermind, they walked Alvarez to push a runner into scoring position for Bregman.
If Yordan connects with a Muñoz fastball here, the ball might disintegrate on contact.
The pitch looked down, but Maldonado is an elite pitch-framer. Raleigh’s a really great pitch-framer too. He’s been doing that to hitters all year. Live by the framing, die by the framing. It’s 3-2 Astros heading to the bottom of the 8th.
It looked good off the bat, but alas, Jarred Kelenic’s pinch-hit liner settled into Kyle Tucker’s glove in the right field warning track. Good swing, bad result.
The Mariners have two innings to score at least one run to avoid a 2-0 series deficit. Anything can happen in the short series, but man, a 2-0 hole against these Astros would feel like the end of the line for Seattle.
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Couldn’t hurt for the Astros to tack on here, given the Mariners flair for the dramatic recently. The M’s have plenty of power and this ballpark is conducive to big homers.
Rally Nuns are here? So is our Yord and Savior. pic.twitter.com/VGi89rxbyW
Players to hit multiple go-ahead HR in the 6th inning or later in a single Division Series:

2022 – Yordan Alvarez
2002 – Troy Glaus
1995 – Ken Griffey Jr.
HE’S A BAD, BAD MAN. pic.twitter.com/zA0se6sQn0
The possible game-winner: 
You cannot stop Yordan, you can only hope to contain him. pic.twitter.com/qpcrEUXGkB
A two-run shot for Yordan Alvarez means twice this series he’s made an Astros deficit into a lead. It’s 3-2.

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