Bregman's blast lifts Astros over Yankees in ALCS Game 2
In the fifth inning, Framber Valdez caught a slow-moving ground ball from Oswaldo Cabrera, spun, and safely lobbed the ball to first base.
A hesitant breath was given by practically all of the 41,700 spectators present at Minute Maid Park. Valdez even gave himself permission to smile a little.
He was, after all, about to pitch the Houston Astros into the American League Championship Series' lead.
A once-dominant New York Yankees team that has since turned nearly undid the Astros left-labor hander's of love with an expensive fielding error.
This series is progressing basically as anticipated thanks to Valdez's strong seven innings and astute bullpen work, which secured a 3-2 Game 2 victory Thursday night:
The Astros are up 2-0 in the American League Championship Series and need to win two out of three games at Yankee Stadium to defeat the Bombers and go to their fourth WorldSeries in the last six years.
They are displaying the better roster depth developed by players who have been a part of this Yankees-Astros epic trilogy since it began in 2017.
Place Alex Bregman in the top group. In the third inning, the third baseman hit a three-run home run off Luis Severino.
During a streak that started with the Astros' now-disputable 2017 World Series victory, he hit his 14th playoff home run.
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