Texas won 9-2 against the Houston Astros in the 2023 Major League American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas on the 23rd. 스포츠토토
Until Game 5, they played a game that was really unpredictable. Texas, which took the Championship Series stage for the first time in 12 years, won the first two games of the Championship Series with a victory based on the momentum of all wins from the wild card series, raising the possibility of advancing to the World Series. But Houston wasn’t easy either.
Houston, which has reached the Championship Series for the past seven consecutive years and has been on the World Series stage for two consecutive years, as well as last year’s Defending Champion, returned the game to square one by winning all three to four games despite a 0-2 inferiority, and in Game 5 on the 21st, it won a loss win by winning a thrilling come-from-behind victory in the top of the ninth inning. Game 6 was as fierce as the series, and the match between the two teams ended up heading to Game 7.
Texas, which is on the brink of a cliff and needs to win Game 6, has Nathan Ivoldi, the man of autumn, and Houston, which has to end the game, has Framber Valdez as its starting pitcher, respectively. Contrary to what was expected to be the trend of the pitching competition, the two teams engaged in a fierce battle at the beginning of the game. For now, Houston caught the early flow.
In the bottom of the first inning, leadoff hitter Jose Altuve hit a single and Michael Brantley got a walk following the success of on-base and stealing, giving Houston a chance to score with one out and runners on first and second bases. Jordan Alvarez, whose batting is at its peak throughout the postseason, held out his bat without hesitation on Ivoldi’s second body cutter. And the missed ball led to a hit falling in front of center field, and second baseman Altuve stepped home and scored the first run.
But Texas wasn’t being beaten either. Texas, which ranked first in the American League team batting average and team OPS in the regular season, also showed outstanding performance. In the top of the second inning, leadoff hitter Mitch Garber took the right target on a 93.9-mile about 151.1km sinker thrown by Valdez. Garber’s push led to a tiebreaking solo home run that flew 102 miles about 164.2 kilometers over the right fence.
After turning the game back to square one, Texas’ bat burned again. With two outs and no runners in the top of the fourth inning, Garber, who drew an arch in the previous at-bat, hit another hit and opened the door. And this time, Jonah Haim turned the bat vigorously when Valdez’s second changeup formed a high course in the middle of the strike zone, which led to a superior two-run home run.
Ivoldi, who took the major league stage in 2011, has 79 wins, 73 losses and an ERA of 4.10 in 265 games 246 starts in 12 seasons so far this season, and is particularly strong on the postseason stage than in the regular season. In his first postseason in 2018, he marked two wins and one loss with a 1.61 ERA in six games two starts and recorded two wins and two losses with a 4.79 ERA in five games four starts in the 2021 season, and he was continuing a good trend with three wins and no losses and a 2.45 ERA in four games this year.
Ivoldi drove his team’s victory with one run one earned in six ⅔ innings in the wild card series against the Tampa Bay Rays on the 5th, and pitched hard with one run one earned) in seven innings in the Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles on the 11th. In addition, he started in Game 1 of the Championship Series against Houston on the 17th and pitched his best with three runs three earned by striking out as many as nine in six innings, which was also a performance worthy of the modifier Autumn Man.
The start wasn’t very good. Ivoldi started the game with a timely hit by Alvarez in the crisis of losing runs to first and second bases, including a hit to Altuve and a walk to Brantley. But it didn’t take long to find stability. Ivoldi ended the inning without a run in the ensuing crisis, and in the second inning, he tied Houston’s central lineup to three outs.
The second crisis was also well overcome. Ivoldi brought on a crisis with two outs and runners on first and second base, giving up walks to Brantley and Alvarez, respectively, in the bottom of the third inning, but he turned the follow-up hitter Jose Abreu into a bum hit and blocked the lower lineup, which led to Kaital Tucker, Mauricio Duvon and Jeremy Peña, in the bottom of the fourth inning. And he overcame the defense in the fifth inning without losing a point and finally got the requirement to win.
Ivoldi also took the mound in the sixth inning with a leisurely pitch, where his second run came out. But Reid kept it. Ivoldi was crowded with runners on first and third bases with one out, allowing consecutive hits to Alvarez and Abreu. At this time, he took a breather by exchanging one run for Dubon’s out count with a sacrifice fly, and even turned Peña to complete a quality start less than three earned runs in six innings.
Ivoldi also appeared in the seventh inning, but failed to end the inning. But he did his part enough and went down the mound. Iboldi turned leadoff hitter Maldonado into a fly ball to left field and produced the first out count and got a hit from follow-up hitter Altuve. That’s it for Yvoldi. He allowed five hits, three walks, four strikeouts and two runs two earned in six ⅓ innings, and Texas put in Josh Svotz to end the inning with a double play.
Texas, which had been chased below the chin, sealed itself in the top of the eighth inning. Texas opened with leadoff hitter Evan Carter hitting an infield hit against Houston’s changed pitcher Brian Abreu. Abreu was suspended for two games due to the controversy over the empty ball in Game 5, but he was able to take the mound because he was able to play in Game 6 because he appealed.
I didn’t miss this chance. Texas actually won the following chance, with Carter hitting a solo home run in the first round after Carter stole a base and hit Abreu’s fifth slider, exploding an RBI double to the left-field line, widening the gap to 4-2.
Texas also had Svotts on the mound in the bottom of the eighth inning and caused a crisis of first and second bases. Texas decided to put finisher Jose LeClark in early, overcoming the crisis of loading the bases with two outs and raising its spirits.