Marwin Gonzalez's clutch two-run double ended up being all the offense the Houston Astros needed Saturday evening, and Alex Bregman's solo home run made for some sweet icing on the cake. But the story of their 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of the ALDS cannot be told without one Gerrit Cole, who was absolutely lights out.
Gerrit Cole's line:— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) October 6, 2018
1 earned run
Making his first postseason start at Minute Maid Park, Cole proved once again why he was one of the biggest acquisitions of baseball's offseason, and why the rest of the league ought to remain furious that the already-stacked Stros were able to scoop him up. After surrendering an early solo home run to Francisco Lindor, he didn't just settle down; he put the Tribe right to bed. They managed just two more hits the entire rest of the game.
Even so, things were a bit anxious for Houston until Gonzalez put them on the board in the sixth inning. But those two runs he plated were plenty, with relievers Ryan Pressly and Roberto Osuna leaving the Indians hitless over the final two innings.
All told, the Astros officially have the Tribe on the brink. They'll get their shot at a three-game sweep and a trip to the ALCS on Monday in Cleveland.