Behind a stellar pitching performance from Lance McCullers Jr., the Houston Astros made a statement in Game 1 of the ALDS, dominating the Chicago White Sox in a 6-1 win.
McCullers Jr. threw 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, striking out four and giving up just four hits his entire outing.
On the other side, Lance Lynn struggled, giving up five earned runs over 3 2/3 innings as Houston’s hitters made his day a nightmare on the mound.
The Astros’ 1-4 hitters went a combined 6-for-15 with five RBI, five runs scored, two doubles and a home run. Yordan Alvarez was really the story of the day for Houston, going 2-for-3 with a home run, double, two RBI and two runs scored.
One thing of note is that the Astros offense struck out nine times on Thursday and in the regular season, this team had the second-least strikeouts of any team in baseball.
They only had 34 such games in the regular season where the offense had a double-digit strikeout total, so if the White Sox arms can force more swings and misses, that could play, especially back in Chicago.
Game 2 starts at 2 PM EST on Friday, exclusively on MLB Network.