Two of the best teams in the American League continued their series on Saturday afternoon. The Cleveland Indians took on the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. The first two games of the series were very entertaining. The third game did not disappoint either. The Astros had taken a 3-1 lead by scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Indians immediately tied it with two runs of their own in the top of the seventh inning. The score would remain tied until the bottom of the tenth inning. That is when Tony Kemp smashed a solo home run into the seats to send all of the Houston Astro fans home happy with a 4-3 win. The Kemp homer was a surprise because he is very small and not considered to be a power hitter.
Both of the starting pitchers were very effective for their respective teams. Brad Peacock got the start for the Astros. He pitched six innings and surrendered only a single earned run on four hits. He also struck out seven Cleveland hitters. Shane Bieber was the starter for the Tribe. He also went six innings. However, he gave up three earned runs on three hits and struck out nine. Bieber had some control problems that caused him to walk four men.
Kemp’s home run to won the game for Houston was the only homer in the game for either team. Houston drew almost 39,000 people for the game. All three games in the series have had huge crowds. This is a testament to the excitement in Houston surrounding the Astros this season. There are many people who believe that the Astros have a real chance of going all the way and winning the World Series this year. Only time will tell if they will be able to do this. The playoffs can be very unpredictable.
Both Houston and Cleveland have played very well so far this year. The Astros have a record of 16-11 and the Indians currently stand at 15-11. Neither team has suffered any serious injuries so far during the 2019 season. Cleveland manager Terry Francona said after Saturday’s game that he is happy with the way that his team is playing. They are being very competitive with the better teams in the league like Houston. He said that they will need to keep playing these teams tough if they are going to make the playoffs.