By: Joey Segur
The Houston Astros took game one of the potential 5 game series in Kansas City with the score of 5-2.
Collin McHugh got the start for the Astros after he almost joined Dallas Keuchel with a 20 win season this year. McHugh didn’t have a start like Keuchel did on Tuesday, but he still earned a quality start, going 6 innings with 4 hits, 2 runs allowed (all earned) and struck out only one. Yordano Ventura was on the mound for the Royals, hoping to take game one and utilize the home field advantage against the Astros. Ventura struggled early and often in today’s game, only lasting 2 innings and giving up 4 hits, 3 runs that were all earned, one walk and only striking out two. Chris Young took over on the mound as a long reliever, as he has done a good part of the season, and for the most part kept a good outing. Young lasted 4 innings while giving up a couple hits, one being a solo shot from George Springer, walked 2 and struck out 7 batters.
Houston’s offense started off early by scoring 3 of their 5 runs in the first two innings. Both Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis grounded into fielders choice to score Jose Altuve and George Springer in the first inning, and in the 2nd inning Altuve drove in Jake Marisnick, after he doubled to left field, with a single to right field. In the 5th inning George Springer smashed a homer to left center field and in the 8th Colby Rasmus joined Springer with a solo shot to right center field. The Royals had some power on their side of the field with Kendrys Morales as he destroyed two balls today in the home half of the 2nd and 4th inning. Morales who has had a surprising offensive season this year, will have to keep it up if the Royals want to stay alive in this series.
With the Astros taking game one in Kansas City, it seems that the Astros have taken Home field advantage away from the royals. If the Astros take game two in Kansas City, the Royals will have to win out the rest of the series and two of those games will be in Houston. Before the game started tonight it looked like Kansas City would have the upper advantage in the series, but with the Astros shutting out the Yankees, the Cubs shutting out the Pirates, and the Rangers beating the Blue Jays in Toronto, it seems luck is with the away team this post season.