MLB Playoff Roundup: Gomes puts Yanks in corner, Houston shows strength and NLDS kicks off with bangs

Austin Jackson (26) slides into second safely before the tag of Starlin Castro (14) during the 13th inning in game two of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. (Photo: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)

BOSTON RED SOX (0-2) 2
HOUSTON ASTROS (2-0) 8

HOUSTON, TX– Carlos Correa knocked in four runs for the Astros, matching his career playoff total. Dallas Keuchel struck out three while allowing one run on three hits and three walks over five-and-two-thirds innings.

Correa maintained his discipline at the plate throughout a majority of the game, facing four or more pitches in three of his five at bats, including an eight-pitch at bat in the first inning which resulted in a two-run home run. Keuchel has yet to take a loss in four career postseason appearances (three starts and one in relief).

Jackie Bradley Jr. plated his first two career postseason runs for the Red Sox. David Price threw two-and-thirds scoreless innings in relief for the Red Sox, giving up one hit and one walk with two strikeouts. Price has now made seven postseason relief appearances and 16 overall appearances in the playoffs.

A win in game three will send the Astros to the American League Championship Series.

NEW YORK YANKEES (0-2) 8
CLEVELAND INDIANS (2-0) 9     in 13

CLEVELAND, OH– Yan Gomes delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the 13th, scoring Austin Jackson to give the Indians the win. Bryan Shaw, Andrew Miller, Joe Smith, Cody Allen and Josh Tomlin combined to shut out the Yankees over the final eight-and-two-thirds innings, letting up three hits and two walks, and striking out six.

Francisco Lindor contributed a grand slam in the sixth inning, making him the first Indians hitter to hit a postseason grand slam since Jim Thome in game two of the 1999 ALDS.

Aaron Hicks led the Yankees with three RBI on two hits, giving him four RBI in three games this postseason. Aroldis Chapman tossed two scoreless innings in relief for the Yankees, surrendering two hits and fanning two. Chapman has struck out 30 in 23.1 postseason innings pitched.

Cleveland can move on to the ALCS with a win in game three.

CHICAGO CUBS (1-0) 3
WASHINGTON NATIONALS (0-1) 0

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Anthony Rizzo had two RBI on two hits for the Cubs, already eclipsing his total from the 2016 NLDS (one hit and no RBI). Kyle Hendricks pitched seven scoreless innings for the Cubs, allowing two hits and three walks, while setting down six by strikeout. Hendricks now has 36 strikeouts and 10 runs allowed in eight career playoff starts.

Hendricks forced 12 ground outs to just three fly outs, also delivering first-pitch strikes to 16 of 27 batters faced.

Stephen Strasburg gave up two unearned runs and three hits, fanning 10 in seven innings for the Nationals. Strasburg has lost both of his postseason starts in his career, but with only four runs (one earned) allowed between the two.

The Nationals fell in last season’s NLDS three games to two to the Los Angeles Dodgers while the Cubs beat the Indians in seven games to win the 2016 World Series.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (0-1) 5
LOS ANGELES DODGERS (1-0) 9

LOS ANGELES, CA– Justin Turner went 3-for-4  with five RBI for the Dodgers, falling two RBI short of the playoff record on seven, held by Troy O’Leary, John Valentin, Mo Vaughn and Edgar Martinez. Turner sparked the Dodgers offense in the first inning, driving a 2-2 pitch over the wall for a three-run home run, putting them up 3-0 before the Diamondbacks had recorded an out.

The Diamondbacks scored four of their five runs on solo home runs for A.J. Pollack, J.D. Martinez, Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis, putting them two away from tying the franchise record of six home runs in one game.

The Dodgers reached the NLCS last season before losing in six games to the Cubs while the Diamondbacks are making their first postseason appearance since 2011.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE:

CHICAGO CUBS vs. WASHINGTON NATIONALS (Game 2) 5:38 p.m.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS vs. LOS ANGELES DODGERS (Game 2) 9:08 p.m.

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