Despite nine hits and more than a few “loud outs,” the Astros could not break through last night against Blake Snell and closer extraordinaire, Diego Castillo, losing 2-1. Jose Altuve’s first inning homer was never going to be enough, but it did put him into the all-time home run lead among second baseman in the LCS’s.
Still, the Astros have an excellent chance of tying the series if they continue to make the kind of contact they did yesterday against today’s starter, “Not the All-Star he once was,” Charlie Morton. His record is 2-2 this year in nine starts with a 4.74 ERA. He does have a post-season win this year, going five innings allowing only one run.
It’s always hard for Astros fans to root against Charlie Morton, but today we cheer for another 2017 playoff hero, Lance Mccullers. This, his first season back from Tommy John surgery, has been up and down. But when you shake it all out, it comes out pretty good, a 3-3 record and a 3.93 ERA. His playoff appearance this year wasn’t quite so impressive. He allowed four runs in four innings .
Here’s the lineup. Reddick is back in for Diaz.
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