Harold Capote Fernández | @batesbeisbol
A single club does not make mountains, but in Houston a single José Altuve is capable of achieving it.
Leaving behind the page of a difficult first Game 1 of the 2021 World Series, Astroboy makes himself felt in the attack of the Astros and once again is in charge of igniting the offensive spark of this group.
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As the first batter in the order, the Carabobo thunders double, reaching the plate with productive outs (sacrifice flys) by Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman, both towards center field.
That connection allows Astroboy to match his name alongside “King” David Concepción, in second place as the native players with the most hits in October Classic games. In the same way, the annotation allows Pablo Sandoval to reach the leading scorer among Venezuelans.
The sidereal explosion encounters some aboriginal resistance
The Braves discount is not long in coming and at the beginning of the second, Travis d’Arnaud sounds a lonely homer, however, in Houston a floodgate was open that could not be stopped.
The Astros add 2 more at the end of that second leg with four straight singles on the boards of Kyle Tucker, Yuli Gurriel, José Siri and Martín Maldonado.
Even so, Atlanta finds a way to stay in the game and at the top of Chapter 5 it discounts again with d´Arnaud in the papers; catcher hits and eventually scores from third on Freedie Freeman’s hit.
José Urquidy opened for the sidereal, the Mexican covers the route for 5 innings, allows 2 clean lines, strikes out 7 and shows control by not yielding any ticket to accredit the victory, he leaves his mark at 1-0 and 3.60 in the playoffs.
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For the Braves, the left-hander Max Fried is on the mound for 5 stages, they give him 5 runs, 4 deserved, he achieves 6 fans without passports.
For the sixth, against reliever Dylan Lee, the home team ring the register, when an error by Ozzie Albies allows Tucker to score the sixth and in the seventh comes another moment of glory for José Altuve.
At the first delivery he sees from reliever Drew Smyly, the Creole puts her into orbit, over the left-field wall to extend the lead to 7, thus reaching Bernie Williams in second place in all-time home runs in postseason games.
Fried loses leaving his record and earned run average at 0-1 and 10.80.
Astroboy finishes 5-2 with a pair of touchdowns, another RBI and a chocolate received.
This Thursday will be a day of rest. The Series returns on Friday in the city of Atlanta, the starters Luis García are announced, the Venezuelan will go with a balance of 1-1 and ERA of 9.64; for the Braves will come Ian Anderson who is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA.