The Houston Astros and Framber Valdez got off to a terrible start to Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.
This was it for the Houston Astros. They reached the World Series for the third time in five years and had home field advantage over the Atlanta Braves. On Tuesday night, the Astros had the chance to silence their critics.
Astros manager Dusty Baker announced that Framber Valdez would get the start for Houston in Game 1. Come first pitch, Valdez was decimated by the Braves batting order, surrendering five earned runs on eight hits before being pulled by Baker in the top of the third inning.
MLB Twitter was not too kind to either Houston or Valdez for what was a horrendous start to the opening game of the Fall Classic.
Astros, Framber Valdez pummeled early by Braves in Game 1 of World Series
The tone was set for what was going to be a rough night for the Astros. Valdez surrendered a leadoff home run to Braves outfielder and trade deadline acquisition Jorge Soler to get in an early 1-0 hole. That same inning, the left-hander surrendered an RBI double to third baseman Austin Riley to extend their deficit to 2-0.
Valdez did get out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the second inning, but did surrender a run after Soler reached on a fielder’s choice, allowing Atlanta catcher Travis d’Arnaud to score. But in the third, Valdez’s night reached its end after allowing a single to NLCS MVP Eddie Rosario and a subsequent home run to Adam Duvall.
There is still plenty of games left in the World Series, but you have to imagine that the Astros would have liked to start off on a more positive note.