Postseason 2023 | Astros scored early for Game 3 win, Yordan two more RBI, Abreu and Adolis had hits
Cuban MLB Players News for the 2023 postseason. A compendium from several sources
American League Championship Series
Astros 8, Rangers 5
Rangers lead 2-1
Thursday night, the Houston Astros defeated the Texas Rangers 8-5 in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. In the best-of-seven series, the Rangers are currently up 2-1.
Christian Javier made a strong start for the Astros, not allowing a hit until late in the fifth inning. He allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings.
With Houston's offensive pressure throughout Max Scherzer's four-inning start, the returning ace was tested by the Astros.
The Astros scored their first run in the second inning on Scherzer's wild pitch, Yordan Álvarez, that was hit by a pitch, scored. Martín Maldonado contributed two runs with a single, despite his downright poor bat. In the third inning, José Altuve hit a solo home run to give the Astros a 4-0 lead. In the fourth inning, Mauricio Dubón singled to make it 5-0.
As soon as the Astros faced the Rangers' bullpen, the game was over. In the seventh, Álvarez delivered a two-run single, bringing the score to 7-2. As the eighth inning progressed, Jeremy Peña added another run.
Jung's two home runs helped the Rangers score four runs in the game. Rangers' other RBI came from Adolis García.
In 70.3% of instances, teams with a 2-1 advantage win their series, making the Rangers still the favorite.
Game 4 of the series is scheduled for Thursday.
Yordan Álvarez went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI on Wednesday in the Astros’ win over the Rangers in Game 3 of the ALCS.
Álvarez was robbed of his potential seventh round-tripper of the postseason by Rangers outfielder Leody Taveras, who scaled the center-field wall to make a surreal over-the-fence grab in the sixth inning.
He got his revenge in the ensuing frame when he lifted a two-run single to shallow center-field against lefty reliever Will Smith with two outs in the seventh inning. He also walloped a 114-mph single to right field off southpaw Martín Pérez in the ninth inning to cap off a multi-hit effort. The 26-year-old slugger holds a stratospheric 1.615 OPS with six homers and 10 RBI in seven contests this postseason.
First extra base for José Abreu in ALCS.
In Game 3 of the ALCS, José Abreu looked motivated like the rest of his team. In the 8-5 win over Texas, the Cuban went 1-for-5 with a strikeout. It was Abreu's first extra base hit in a championship series, a double in the 4th inning that allowed him to score later on Mauricio Dubón's single. With a slash line of .167/.231/.250 and no home runs or RBI, Abreu has yet to show off his power in this ALCS.
One RBI for Adolis García in Game 3.
Adolis García has also been unable to display his power that resulted in 39 home runs and 109 RBI during the regular season. In Game 3 of the ALCS, the Cuban outfielder went 1-for-4 with his second RBI of the series. He was also robbed of an extra base by leftfielder Michael Brantley in the 6th. Adolis is hitting .257/.278/.457 with 2 HR and 7 RBI in his first postseason. However, in the ALCS against Houston he has only a slash line of .182/.250/.182 with no homers and 2 RBI.