2021 World Series: Game 2 Recap

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The Atlanta Braves shut down the Houston Astros lineup in Game 1 of the 2021 World Series, but Jose Altuve and the Astros came to play in Game 2.

By Zach Smith

The Astros started the game with a noticeable chip on their shoulders. Jose Altuve, who went 0-5 in Game 1, had a leadoff double down the third baseline, and Alex Bregman drove him in with a sac fly.

Jose Urquidy had three strikeouts in the first inning, but Urquidy was humbled by Travis d’Arnaud after he hit a missile over the left field wall in the 2nd inning to tie the game 1-1..

Atlanta’s ace, Max Fried, was shelled in the bottom of the 2nd inning. After five hits and a costly throwing error from Eddie Rosario, Houston had a 5-1 lead going into the 3rd.

Urquidy continued to carve up the Braves lineup. He struck out Jorge Soler and Joc Pederson in the top of the 4th, his sixth of the night, to secure the Astros lead.

The Braves caught on to him in the 5th. Travis d’Arnaud singled to center to start the inning, and he scored on a beautiful opposite field single from Freddie Freeman to make it a 5-2 game.

Charlie Morton’s injury forced Atlanta to their bullpen early in Game 1, so Fried had to go as long as possible. He was lights out after the 2nd, but his luck ran out when he got to the 6th inning.

Atlanta had another costly fielding error. Ozzie Albies mishandled a double play ball, allowing for Yordon Alvarez to score making it a 6-2 game. Max Fried was pulled midway through the inning.

Jose Altuve made playoff history in the bottom of the 7th when he hit a home run to left field to extend Houston’s lead to 7-2. This was his 22nd career playoff home run, which is 2nd-most all-time.

Kendall Graveman came in to close out the game for the Astros in the 9th, and he shut down the side to secure a 7-2 victory for Houston.

It felt like the Braves had all of the momentum after Game 1, but Houston's dominance in Game 2 reminded everyone that this series is far from over.