• Brian L. Barefield

Astros Take 2-0 Lead In ALDS With Late Game Heroics

For the second day in a row, the Houston Astros fans who used either paid time off (PTO), sick days, or vacation time to attend the early start of Game 2 of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park got an opportunity to see the Astros offensive outburst as they defeated the Chicago White Sox 9-4 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Chicago trailed 2-1 for most of the game before taking a 4-2 lead over Houston in the top of the fifth inning by putting three runs on the scoreboard. Houston responded when American League Batting Champion Yuli Gurriel got his first hit of the series with a single to left-center field to score Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman to tie the game.

Houston erupted for five more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to break away from Chicago, led by none other than fan-favorite Carlos Correa, whose two-run double with one out in the inning put the Astros up 7-4.

Outfielder Kyle Tucker followed Correa with a two-run home run to left-field on a 1-0 pitch from White Sox reliever Craig Kimbrel to increase the lead to 9-4 as that would be all the runs needed to secure another postseason win for the Astros.

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“I enjoy the playoffs a lot,” said Correa, whose 52 RBI in the postseason are the most in franchise history and the 7th-most in MLB postseason history. “I get very high, very focused, and I find that inner calm when there is a key situation. I enjoy playing in those types of situations, and this type of atmosphere. I am trying to enjoy every single moment I get out there with my teammates.

The Astros 15-5 advantage over the White Sox in the last two games of the ALDS at Minute Maid Park helped increase their run dominance at home as they have now outscored them 42-13 in six games, including four games in the regular season.

As Chicago heads home for Games 3 & 4, they know they have an uphill battle to fight if they want to stay alive in this series and advance in the postseason.

“Our backs are against the wall right now,” White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson responded after being asked about the pressure. “We know what we have to do. We know that we have to take care of business. We have to keep fighting and pushing. It’s good to head back home.”

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