Texas lost 5 to 8 in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros in the 2023 Major League postseason at Globe Life Field in Texas on the 19th. Houston started the counterattack with a 1-2 series record.
Texas won the first and second games of the championship series against Houston after winning the Tampa Bay Rays and wild card series (2 wins and no losses) and the Baltimore Orioles (3 wins and no losses). 스포츠토토
Texas acquired Scherzer in a trade with the New York Mets to win the World Series in July. Scherzer was the best pitcher to sign a three-year, $130 million (about 176 billion won) mega contract. Scherzer went 4-2 with a 3.20 ERA in eight games since moving to Texas. Scherzer was injured in early September and left the line. Texas expected Scherzer to return to Game 3 to gain momentum in its postseason victory streak.
When the lid was lifted, the situation went unexpected. Scherzer lost the first run in the top of the second inning and was hit hard, which was like a massive loss. He gave up five runs in four innings.
Scherzer sent the leadoff batter Jordan Alvarez off a hit ball in the top of the second inning when the score was 0-0. After striking out Jose Abreu, he walked Kyle Tucker.
Scherzer allowed a left-handed hit to Mauricio Dubon with one out and runners on first and second bases to fill the bases with runners full. Scherzer blocked Jeremy Peña with a fly ball to second base.
However, Scherzer lost the first point after making a wild pitch to Martin Maldonado’s at-bat. In the second and third bases with two outs, he lost two more points due to a timely hit on the left.
Scherzer gave up another run in the third and fourth innings. In the top of the third inning, Jose Altuve hit a home run. In the top of the fourth inning, Scherzer gave up a clean hit to the center fielder with one out and third base, allowing the fifth run.
In the end, Scherzer was replaced by Cody Bradford in the top of the fifth inning, trailing 0-5.
From the fifth inning, the game was in a difficult situation. If Texas follows, Houston runs away, Texas follows and Houston runs away.
Texas seemed to start the chase by recovering two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs and a runner on first base, Josh Young exploded a home run in right-center to revive the sluggish atmosphere.
Houston didn’t lose focus. In the top of the seventh inning, when he was chased 5-2, he added two points and maintained a five-point gap. With the bases loaded with two outs, Álvarez hit a two-run timely hit.
Texas was also persistent. It followed 4-7 right away in the bottom of the seventh inning. Young, who hit a home run in the front at-bat, showed off his fiery swing again. He fired a two-run shot again.
Houston responded immediately in the top of the eighth inning. With no outs and runners on first and second bases, Jeremy Peña made a timely hit. It ran away 8-4. The first and second bases were followed with no outs, but it was regrettable that all three subsequent batters stepped down as poor hits.
Texas also scored one more point in the bottom of the eighth inning, burning its will to fight. With two outs and runners on second base, Aroldis Garcia made a clean hit to the right-center to maintain tight tension.
The Texans went on their final attack in the bottom of the ninth inning, trailing 5-8. Houston fielded closer Ryan Pressley in relief.
Texas leadoff hitter Mitch Garber walked on base. Pressley struck out Nathaniel Lowe to break the flow. Young, the main character of consecutive at-bat home runs, appeared on the first base with one out. Pressley ended the victory with Young’s double play.