The Astros drew first blood in the 1st. Jose Altuve wasted no time, lacing a single into left center on the 2nd pitch he saw. George Springer battled for a full count walk, followed by an opposite field single by Carlos Correa (his first postseason hit) to load the bases. Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis would knock in Altuve and Springer, respectively, on back-to-back fielder's choices to put the Astros up 2-0
Then in the 2nd Jake Marisnick lifted a two out double followed by a Jose Altuve RBI single to provide the Astros with an early insurance run, extending their lead to 3-0
The Royals would strike back in the bottom half of the inning when Kendrys Morales made Colin Mchugh pay with a long homerun down the right field line to make it 3-1 Astros
Then the rain came, and it came down hard despite the forecast for clear skies. The grounds crew rolled out the tarp while Houston fans faced the Hobson's choice of whether to subject themselves to 45 minutes of Pete Rose and Co. from the FS1 studios or Houston Texans football.
The rain mercifully ended and the Royals returned with a new pitcher on the mound in Chris Young who immediately went to work, striking out five of the first six batters he faced.
Kendrys Morales struck again in the 4th, launching a home run into right center to move the Royals to within one, 3-2.
Jose Altuve would break Young's strikeout streak in the 5th inning with a leadoff single. He would be caught stealing, though the Astros fired back with a solo Springer Dinger, his first in the postseason. Astros up 4-2.
Colin McHugh would run into some trouble in the bottom half of the 5th. With Alex Gordon and Alex Rios on, Alcides Escobar looped a ball into center field where Jake Marisnick laid out his body for an incredible diving catch, possibly saving a run.
Ryan Madson would come in relief in the 8th for the Royals and would immediately get Colby Jacked on the first pitch, extending the Astros' lead to three. Colby Rasmus now has two home runs in as many playoff games and has recorded an extra base hit in each of his first five postseason games
- Collin McHugh in his playoff debut: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1K
- Jose Altuve did Jose Altuve things tonight: 3-5, all singles, and an RBI
- Jake Marisnick made a splash in his playoff debut: 2-4 with a double, a run, and amazing defense in center field
- George Springer with the TTO line: 2-4, HR, K, BB
- Astros bullpen put in another great game of work: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 K between Tony Sipp, Will Harris, Oliver Perez, and Luke Gregerson
- Yordana Ventura's final line: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
- Chis Young's final line in relief: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
- Road teams are 4-0 so far
- Astros struck out 14 times
- Still won the game
Tweets of the Game
Nothing royal about standing out in the rain. Meanwhile the visiting team was smart enough to spend the extra couple of bucks on a roof.— Archbishop Deshaies (@HouCounterplot) October 9, 2015
looks like the @Royals thought the yankees would beat the @astros! #ThatsEmbarassing pic.twitter.com/7JSHt2ma6v— matt walden (@mattwalden37) October 9, 2015
#ColbyJack! #CrushCity #Hustletown #Astros pic.twitter.com/ADSSD0TZlo— Astros Daily (@AstrosDaily) October 9, 2015
Call hurts #Astros Strike 3 should be ball 2 Top 8 Madson vs Carter 0% call same 7.1in from edge pic.twitter.com/Si5sJMrXU3— Astros Strike Zone (@AstrosUmp) October 9, 2015
More like Chris Old.— Chris Perry (@CRPerry13) October 9, 2015
I give that one a 4/10