One prominent sports outlet predicted that the red-hot Astros would figure out Carlos Rodon, perhaps the best pitcher in the AL.
They were wrong.
The Astros could barely touch him. He gave up only three hits in seven innings, and the one run the Astros scored Rodon uncharacteristically walked in.
But the White Sox could do little better themselves against rookie Astros starter Luis Garcia. Although he needed to pitch out of trouble a little more than Rodon, he too only allowed one run, his in the first inning on a double, a single, and an RBI single by Jose Abreu.
Following Garcia, the Astros bullpen behind Ryne Stanek and Ryan Pressly kept the Sox quiet, until Yordan Alvarez walked off the game in the ninth with a double that scored fellow Cuban Yuli Gurriel from first.
And just like that the Astros win game two of the four-game series.
Clutch. ❄️#VoteAlvarez https://t.co/W1Z6NotESk pic.twitter.com/R1DTfSYtur— Houston Astros (@astros) June 19, 2021