The Indians’ lead only lasted an inning and a half. George Springer saw to that, hitting a one-out homer off of Mike Clevinger to tie things up at one in the fifth.
It was the first offering Springer saw — an 81 m.p.h. slider that hung more than it slid — and Springer turned it into this ninth career postseason homer, which is a new Astros team record.
Clevinger finished off the fifth inning, striking out Jose Altuve, walking Alex Bregman and then bearing down to strike out Yuli Gurriel, but he’s at 99 pitches now, so we’re likely to see Terry Francona go to the pen to begin the top of the sixth.
Here’s the Springer Dinger:
Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Nick Pivetta will rejoin the Phillies’ rotation, starting Tuesday’s series opener at home against the Cardinals. Vince Velasquez will remain in the bullpen.
Pivetta, 26, allowed 17 earned runs on 31 hits and eight walks with 16 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings across his first four starts of the season. The performance resulted in a demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In six starts there, Pivetta had a much better 3.41 ERA with a 50/20 K/BB ratio in 37 innings of work.
Velasquez, 26, was solid as a starter, posting a 3.99 ERA across six starts. However, he averaged under five innings and 92 pitches per start. The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen on Friday against the Brewers but was torched for four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Sunday. Mixed results, to say the least. The Phillies are trying to do what they can with their bullpen, currently missing David Robertson, Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek, and Vìctor Arano.