The Atlanta Braves stole Game 1 of the World Series on Monday night with an early offensive onslaught. Game 2 went much the same way, only it was the Houston Astros that had an offensive explosion. One that is not all that surprising, either, given how they responded to the Boston Red Sox threat in the ALCS. Alex Bregman hit a sac fly in the bottom of the first before Travis d’Arnaud tied it in the top of the second with a solo homer.
The bottom of the second, though, was all Houston as they plated four more runs. Three singles and a key error allowed those runs in, and from that point onward it was never going to be anything but a Houston win. Jose Urquidy was solid on the mound, going five innings and allowing just two runs while striking out seven batters. Atlanta threatened in the fifth, and Freddie Freeman singled in a run to make it 5-2, but the Astros bit down on their proverbial mouthpiece and came back to add two more runs. Luis Gurriel drove in one via fielder’s choice in the sixth and Jose Altuve put the icing on top when he homered in the seventh to conclude the scoring at 7-2. The series will now shift to the ATL for Game 3 on Friday. Weather permitting, of course, as it looks like that could have its say over this series now.