Houston Astros Steal Game 2 in Extras

The pitching matchup for game two is heavily in favor for Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros. Rich Hill is on the mound and faces the Astros’s ace. Hill struggled early with his command but regrouped and struck out Jose Altuve. It was business as usual for Verlander, who had high command of his fastball and great execution with his breaking pitches. Hill rebounds in the second with great command  of his curve ball mixed in with high command and velocity with his fastball.

Kenta Maeda comes in for relief in the top of the fifth inning.  Maeda has a good fastball with great command and velocity. Yaisel Puig helps Maeda with an impressive catch on the line in right field. The Los Angeles Dodgers carry their momentum into the bottom of the fifth when Joc Pederson takes Verlander deep. Verlander made a mistake with his breaking ball that just floated over the middle of the plate chest high that ends up in the seats. Pederson makes it a tie game 1-1 heading into the sixth.

Now in the bottom of the sixth Verlander is showing fatigue and is unsure of his pitch selection and has to talk with his catcher Brian McCann several times in the inning. Verlander walks Chris Taylor with Corey Seager striding up to the plate. Seager hits a two run shot to left field. Seager knew it was in the seats the second it left the bat.

Ross Stripling comes into pitch in the top of the seventh inning for Los Angeles. He walks Marwin Gonzalez in four pitches. Those four pitches will be the only pitches he throws all night because in a questionable move Dave Roberts takes him out of the game. He is replaced by Brandon Morrow, a hard throwing right handed pitcher with a great fastball.

Kenley Jansen comes in for the Dodgers after Morrow gives up a double to Alex Bregman. Janson is a hard throwing right hander. Altuve grounds out to Chase Utley to move Bregman to third. Carlos Correa then hits a hard ground ball past Jansen and up the middle to score Bregman and make it 3-2 Dodgers in the top of the eighth. Yulieski Gurriel pops out and McCann strikes out on a full count to end the inning.

In the top of the ninth Gonzalez leads off with a solo shot to dead center off of Jansen, tying the game at three. Ken Giles comes into pitch for Houston in the bottom of the ninth. He strikes out Seager and gets Correa to ground out. Cody Bellinger steps in with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and hits a high and deep fly ball that is caught just short of the wall and short of giving the Dodgers a win and a 2-0 game lead.

With a limited bullpen and bench Roberts brings in Josh Fields for the dodgers. He gives up back to back homeruns to Altuve then Correa, followed by a double by Gurriel. With no outs in the top of the tenth inning the Astros lead 5-3. Tony Cingrani comes into relieve Fields. He gets McCann to fly out and after intentionally walking Gonzalez, gets Reddick to hit into a double play.

Puig leads off the bottom of the tenth with a no doubter solo shot. It is now 5-4 Houston. In the bottom of the inning Kike Hernandez drives in Logan Forsythe who reached on a walk and a wild pitch. With great baserunning and an even better slide Forstyhe beats the throw from Reddick in right to tie the game.

Now in the top of the eleventh Brandon McCarthy comes in to pitch for the Dodgers. Cameron Maybin leads off with a single and scores when George Springer hits a two run shot to make it 7-5 Astros. Tuner lines out to Bregman at third. Charlie Culberson makes it a one run game with a solo homerun. Puig strikes out on a perfect breaking ball from Chris Devenski to end the game after a great at bat. The hot hitting starts for the Astros take advantage of a crippled bullpen and steal a game in LA with back to back homeruns, tying the series at one game a piece.

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