MLB Playoffs Are Heating Up

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Colin Hoelzl, Staff Writer

The playoffs are heating up throughout baseball, with many exciting series across the league. After the Yankees lost to the Boston Red Sox 6-2 in the American League Wild-Card game, and the Cardinals lost to the Dodgers 3-1 in a National League Wild-Card thriller, the stage is set for the National League and American League Division Series (ALDS) to begin with many exciting matchups. 


Red Sox tied with Rays in ALDS, 1-1 

The Red Sox and Rays kicked off the ALDS in Tampa on Thursday: the Rays beating Boston 5-0. Randy Arozarena went 1-2 with a home run and 2 walks, his most notable moment in the game being when he stole home in the bottom of the 7th inning to give Tampa a 5-0 lead over Boston. Shane McClanahan started for the Rays and pitched 5 scoreless innings, gave up 5 hits, and struck out 3 batters. In Game 2, Boston clobbered Tampa 14-6 after the Rays took a 3 run lead after the 1st inning. Enrique Hernández led the way for the Red Sox with a home run, 3 doubles, and 3 RBIs. J.D. Martinez also had an impressive day at the plate going 4-5 with a home run, a double, and 3 RBIs. The Rays’ top prospect Shane Baz had a rough outing, with 2.1 IP, and 3 runs on 6 hits. 


Houston leads ALDS over White Sox, 2-0 

Houston opened up the series with a win over Chicago, beating the White Sox 6-1. Yordan Alvarez led the offensive charge for the Astros as he went 2-3, with a home run, a double, and 2 RBIs. Lance McCullers Jr. started for the Astros and pitched 6.2 innings, gave up 4 hits, and struck out 4. The Astros scored 5 runs in the 7th inning to help them secure a 9-4 win over the White Sox in the 2nd game of the series. Kyle Tucker blasted a 2-run homer in the 7th inning to give the Astros a 9-4 lead, and went 2-4 at the plate. 


Giants and Dodgers tied in NLDS, 1-1

The Giants’ pitching carried them to a shutout win over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS. Logan Webb started the game for the Giants and pitched 7.2 scoreless innings, gave up 5 hits, and struck out 10 batters in an impressive outing. Left fielder Kris Bryant went 3-3 with a solo home run. The Dodgers won 9-2 in Game 2 of the series, as Julio Urías pitched 5.0 innings, gave up 3 hits, and struck out 5. He also singled in the top of the 2nd inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. 


Atalanta tied with Brewers in NLDS, 1-1 

The Brewers edged out a narrow 2-1 victory over the Braves Friday to take the series lead. Corbin Burnes pitched 6.0 scoreless innings, gave up 2 hits, and struck out 6 batters. Rowdy Tellez homered in the 7th to give the Brewers a 2-0 lead. Max Fried started game 2 of the series for Atlanta and pitched 6 scoreless innings, gave up 3 hits, and struck out 9 batters as the Braves pitching carried them to a 3-0 win over the Brewers. Austin Riley went 2-4 at the plate with a homer.