AL Playoffs Kick-Off

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The American League Divisional playoffs opened today’s games in Oakland as they hosted the Houston Astros and in Tampa Bay as the Rays had a visit from the New York Yankees in the best of five series starting.

 In Oakland the Astros opened the series with a come from behind victory over the A,s scoring seven runs over the last four innings to take the opener in the best of five series trailing Oakland 5-3 through and Astros hammered the Oakland Bullpen for the come from the 10-5 win to take game one in their series.

 The A,s hit up starter Lance McCullers Jr. in the first four innings for five runs four of them earned hammering out on hits against the Astros starter McCullers Jr who struck out five Oakland batters walking one and belting three home runs in his appearance.

 Oakland led 5-3 in the opening four innings of game one before the Astros started their comeback against the A,s starting pitcher Chris Bassett who left the game after going four innings giving up 9 hits on three runs scored while striking out 4 and allowing 2 Houston home runs.

 The Astros comeback started in the sixth inning as they took the lead in the game scoring four runs and never looked back after that taking 7 lead in the game and added three more crossing the plate in the final 3 innings as they hammered 7 Oakland relievers in the opening game 10-5.

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 The A, s Bullpen of Petit, J.B. Wendelken, Lou Trivino, Mike Minor, Jordan Weems, and T.J. McFarland could not stop the Astros offence in the comeback win in the final four innings taking a beating in the loss for Oakland.

 In the other game the New York Yankees had a narrow 4-3 lead going into  the 9th inning and the Bronx Bombers broke it wide open scoring 5 runs in the top of the 9th on the way to a 9 win in the

 The Astros bats connected in leading the way to victory in the process in scoring the key runs in the comeback win leading the Houston offence was Carlos Correa with four rbi,s and Jose Altuve knocked in a pair, single runs batted in by George Springer, Michael Brantley, Yuli Gurrel  and Martin Maldonado also rbi,s in the win.

 The Bullpen of Blake Taylor, Enoli Paredes, Christian Javier, and Ryan Pressly did the rest in shutting the A, s offence in the series opener for Houston.

 In the other game the New York Yankees had a narrow 4-3 lead going into the 9th inning and the Bronx Bombers broke it wide open scoring 5 runs in the top of the inning  on the way to a 9 -3 over the Tampa Bay Rays win in the series opener of their best of five set.

 Through five innings it was a close game as the Yankees held a slim 4-3 lead over the Rays  in what was a great pitching duel between the teams and solid defense in  a highly entertaining game and it remained that way until the ninth inning when the Yankees bats broke loose.

 Scoring five runs to the Rays away and they never recovered from the explosion as the Yankees took a 1-0 series lead in the 9-3 win on Monday night.

 Leading the charge for the Yankees offence was Giancarlo Stanton knocking in 4 runs to the attack for the Bronx Bombers and Aaron Hicks drove In a couple with singles to Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier and Kyle Higasshioka with single rbi,s nights.

 Gerrit Cole Yankees starting pitcher went 6 innings allowing 3 earned runs on 6 hits with 8 strikeouts and bases on balls and allowing two home runs to get the win for New York and the bullpen did the in holding the Rays offence from there as Chad Green, Zack Britton and Luis Cessa mopped up.

 Starting Rays pitcher Blake Snell did a fair job on the Yankees bats went 5 innings allowing four runs in the 5 inning appearance in holding their bats to 4 runs on 6 hits striking out and walking 2 getting nailed for 3 home runs early in the game.

 Ryan Thompson and Oliver Drake kept the Rays in the game going into the 9th inning until they teed off on reliever John Curtiss for five runs on 4 hits and allowing one home run as the Bronx Bombers pulled away to victory to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

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