Astros Take Commanding Lead While Judge Remains Hot for Yankees, Texas Among Big CFB Winners

Jonathan Grant | October 7th, 2018

The Houston Astros had to fight just a little bit harder on Saturday afternoon against the Cleveland Indians, but at the end of the day they hold a 2-0 lead in the ALDS and need just one victory as the series shifts to Cleveland. For the second straight day, the Astros held the Indians to just three hits in nine innings of baseball, this time led by pitcher Gerrit Cole. However, they trailed for a little while after Francisco Lindor homered to right field in the third inning on a solo shot to make it 1-0. Cole held them at that for the remainder of his time on the mound, and when the sixth inning came, it was once again Alex Bregman that stepped up. The third baseman got on base and was brought home on a double along with Jose Altuve when Marwin Gonzalez doubled. An inning later, Bregman provided them some insurance when he hit a solo home run of his own to give them a 3-1 lead. They didn’t look back after that and won by the same score, with much-maligned closer Roberto Osuna closing it out.

Ahead of Game 2 at Fenway Park between the Yankees and the Red Sox, no road team had won a single game in this year’s ALDS series’. That was obviously something the New Yorkers needed to change if they wanted a real shot in the series, and they did just that. For the third game running to begin the postseason, Aaron Judge hit a home run. That put them in the lead 1-0 in the top of the first. An inning later, Gary Sanchez knocked himself in on his own solo bomb and Andrew McCutchen singled to bring in Gleyber Torres to make it 3-0. At that point, that was all she wrote for David Price. The Red Sox mounted an attempted comeback with a home run from Bogaerts in the fourth inning, but all doubt was erased as Sanchez all but sealed the win with a three run home run in the top of the seventh to make it 6-1. Boston would score one more, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Yankees evened up the series at one game apiece.

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Elsewhere, college football had a big day on Saturday. The biggest game of the day saw Texas win the Red River Shootout with Oklahoma on a last-gasp field goal by a score of 48-45. The Longhorns now control the title picture in the Big 12 as a result and have an impressive record against ranked teams so far. The other game that was of note was the one pitting Notre Dame against Virginia Tech because both teams are prone to laying eggs when in need of a big game. The Irish didn’t disappoint, however, as they handled their business throughout to win on the road 45-24 over the Hokies. It’s their third win over a ranked opponent and improves them to 6-0. They are closing in on a place in the playoff now, it must be said.

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