2015 ALDS, Astros bullpen

2015 ALDS Game 1 Highlights

On this page I will do a short recap and post the finals scores for the games and when each series concludes there will be a recap of each! I’d love to do more on each game but that amount of time isn’t in the cards right now with my work on Today’s Knuckleball. However, I can’t just not say anything about the games so here goes … me attempting not to be too long winded … 

ALDS: Texas Rangers 5 @ Toronto Blue Jays 3

Starting Pitchers: Yovani Gallardo vs. David Price

Texas: 

  • Home Runs: Rougned Odor, Robinson Chirinos
  • Yovani Gallardo has been stellar the last two months of the season and has won all four times he has faced the Blue Jays in his career.
  • Adrian Beltre added an RBI but left the game with a strained back, is currently listed as day-to-day.

Toronto:

  • Top MVP candidate Josh Donaldson took a knee to the head, sliding into second base and was removed from the game as a precaution in case of a concussion. (FOX analyst and all-time hits leader Pete Rose went on to criticize him for leaving the game!) Want more? Click HERE.
  • Jose Bautista also exited the game early with tightness in his calf. Luckily for Toronto neither Donaldson nor Bautista are expected to miss any playing time.
  • Before exiting the game Bautista hit a solo-shot off of Keone Kela, it was the first home run Kela had allowed since July 30 and only the second of the season.
  • David Price, the Jays’ ace remains 1-6 in postseason appearances, allowing all five of the Rangers’ runs.

ALDS: Houston Astros 5 @ Kansas City Royals 2

Starting Pitchers: Collin McHugh vs. Yordano Ventura

Royals:

  • Kendrys Morales becomes first royal have a multi-homer playoff game since George Brett
  • Morales home runs were the only runs that the Royals were able to score off of McHugh
  • Yordano Venture lasted just two innings allowing four hits and three runs before he was replaced by Chris Young who also allowed a run on three hits in four innings. Kelvin Herrera, Ryan Madson and Luke Hochevar closed out the game pitching an inning a piece.
  • Madson allowed the Astros fifth and final run in the eighth on a solo shot by Rasmus.

Astros:

  • McHugh went six full inning allowing just 4 hits and two home runs – both came from – you guessed it Kendrys Morales
  • As for the Astros offense? They used their regular MO – a combination of small ball and of course, home runs -Both George Spring and Colby Ramus both went deep 
  • Jose Altuve went 3-5 in Thursday’s game
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