Astros vs. Dodgers Series: Rivalry Renewed

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We hear about rivalries all of the time, but nothing is more exciting than the Astros vs. Dodgers series. These two teams, and their fan bases, have developed a renowned rivalry that tops Yankees vs. Red Sox. This rivalry was renewed on Tuesday night for the first time this season, starting at Minute Maid Park.

Astros vs. Dodgers Series: Game One

The Astros came into game one of this series against the Dodgers hoping to get back on track after getting swept by the Rangers over the weekend. Heading to the mound to start this series for Houston would be Zack Greinke. Coming off a stellar performance in his last outing against the Athletics, Greinke was hoping to continue that success against a Dodgers offense known for putting up many runs. The Dodgers sent their ace, Clayton Kershaw, to the mound against an Astros offense that is also known for putting up many runs.

Game one of this Astros vs. Dodgers series started as expected. With both pitchers locked in early, Greinke and Kershaw managed to shut down each lineup as the first three innings went very quickly. In the top of the fourth, Greinke started to struggle. After a leadoff walk to Mookie Betts, the Dodgers were able to get on the board as Justin Turner hit a two-run home run into the Astros bullpen.

Houston struggled against Kershaw going into the middle innings and he seemed to become more dialed in as the game progressed. In the top of the sixth inning, the Dodgers got to Greinke again for two more runs on a Chris Taylor RBI single. Greinke struck out Albert Pujols to end the top half of the sixth inning but that would be it for Greinke as he went 6.0 innings, giving up three hits, four earned runs, three walks, and five strikeouts.

Both teams exchanged runs in the seventh inning as the Dodgers scored on a wild pitch, and the Astros got a run back when Alex Bregman, hit a solo home run into the Crawford Boxes. That would be the only run Kershaw allowed in his outing against the Astros, going 7.2 innings, giving up four hits, one earned run, no walks, and six strikeouts.

All season long, the Astros bullpen has Achilles heel, and it showed again on Tuesday night. Going into the eighth and ninth innings, the Astros bullpen managed to give up five earned runs, six walks, and only two strikeouts as the Dodgers completed the rout with a final score of 9-2. The Astros needed to find a good fortune going into Wednesday night if they hope to split the series.

The Astros will send to the mound Luis Garica as the Dodgers turn to their $40-million guy, Trevor Bauer.

Astros vs. Dodgers Series: Game Two – Offense Erupts

The Astros vs. Dodgers featured a very enticing situation in game two, as Houston entered game with a different mindset – beat Trevor Bauer. Bauer is one of the most outspoken players in Major League Baseball and has often at times taken to social media to voice his opinion, or in some cases, voice his displeasure regarding the Astros. Wednesday night, everything displayed for all of the worlds to see, and boy, was it a show.

The Astros sent young pitcher Luis Garcia to face this powerful Dodgers lineup, and from the first pitch, Garcia looked like he was ready for the challenge. Before game two, the Astros had several players out due to different injuries, including in the rotation and bullpen, so Garcia needed to go as long as possible if the Astros had any chance of winning this ball game.

In the bottom of the first, the Astros got to Bauer as Altuve hit a solo home run to left field. The Dodgers tied the game in the top of the third on a Max Muncy RBI single, however, that would be the only run Garcia allowed as the Dodgers could not get the offense going. In the end, Garcia went six strong innings, giving up only two hits, no earned runs, one walk, and seven strikeouts.

In the bottom of the sixth, Houston took the lead on a Correa solo home run that barely made into the Crawford Boxes chasing Bauer after six innings. In the end, Bauer gave up four hits, two earned runs, four walks, and only three strikeouts.

The Astros padded their lead in the bottom of the seventh on an Altuve RBI single and a two-run home run from Aledmys Diaz, putting Houston in front for good. The Dodgers managed to score a run in the top of the ninth on a Sheldon Neuse solo home run, but the Astros prevailed and split the series with the Dodgers with a final score of 5-2.

Astros Injury News and Updates

Prior to game two agains the Dodgers, the Astros announced that several players were out to due to injuries:

  • Ryan Pressly (RHP) – Day-to-Day – Neck stiffness
  • Kent Emanual (LHP) – Day-to-Day – Left elbow discomfort
  • Michael Brantley (LF) – Day-to-day – Legs
  • Yordan Alvarez (DH) – Day-to-Day – Right wrist soreness
  • Lance McCullers Jr. (RHP) – 10-day IL – Right shoulder soreness
  • Jake Odorizzi (RHP) – Activated – Will pitch on Saturday against the San Diego Padres
  • Framber Valdez (LHP) – Activated – Will pitch on Friday against the San Diego Padres
  • Ralph Garza Jr. (RHP) – called up from Triple-A Sugar Land. Will be added to the active roster

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Jeff "Rip" Griffin is a current MLB writer covering the Houston Astros. Rip is also the host of The Rip Griffin Show on Apple Podcasts. Rip holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, focusing in Sports Management from the University of Houston - Victoria.