If MLB players have learned anything this postseason, it’s that it is very difficult to win in Minute Maid Park.
This story did not change one bit as the Astros topped the Dodgers in game two of the World Series 5-3.
This victory has to be credited, for the most part, to the Astros pitching staff. All they would need is starter Lance McCullers Jr. and reliever Brad Peacock to get this win. The two got pretty much every big out they needed which proved to be the difference maker in this game.
“To tell you the truth when I was out there a couple of times I got the chills from (the crowd) screaming so loud,” said Peacock, who picked up the first save of his career.
“I’ve played in a decent amount of stadiums now, at least for postseason ball, and when Minute Maid gets rocking, there’s no place louder,” said McCullers. “So credit to our fans, and we really feed off that energy.”
This type of atmosphere may have been why Dodgers starter Yu Darvish had an uncharacteristic early exit. Coming out of the game in the second inning, Darvish gave up four runs on a series of six hits which launched Minute Maid Park into a noise warzone.
The rest was pretty much history as these four runs were too much to overcome for the Dodgers.
This game, in addition to the Astros taking a 2-1 series lead, has many implications going forward. With the Darvish exiting early, this made the Dodgers dig deep into their bullpen for the remainder of the game. While all the relievers did a stellar job and only allowed one more run for the remainder of the game, it entrenches them going forward. They will need much more rest, resulting in other less experienced relievers needing to get the job done.
“The energy in this ballpark is the difference,” is what manager A.J. Hinch was saying afterwards.
This win also marks two in a row for the Astros. They stole one game on the road in Los Angeles and took home their first game last night in Minute Maid Stadium. They now have two more games in front of them at home which is a huge advantage. It is simply very difficult to win in Minute Maid Stadium.