On Saturday, the Houston Astros play game three of their final series of the regular season on the road against the Los Angeles Angels. Houston lost on Thursday to the Angels 4-3 in 12 innings in the first game of the series. Kyle Tucker committed an error in the bottom of the 12th that allowed the Angels to score the winning run and prevent Houston from clinching home field throughout the AL playoffs.
Andrelton Simmons hit a grounder during the 12th that Kalab Coward scored on when Tucker committed the error. The Angels changed pitchers nine times during the game and seven over a span of just four innings. It appeared to work as the Angels held the Astros without a run when loading the bases on three occasions over the last five innings.
Michael Brantley leads the Astros with a .312 batting average and in hits with 177. Alex Bregman leads in home runs with 40 and in RBIs with 110. As a team, Houston has a .275 batting average. On Saturday, the Astros will send Justin Verlander to the mound. The right-hander this season is 20-6 with an ERA of 2.53, 288 Ks and 42 BBs.
David Fletcher leads the Angels with a .293 batting average and in hits with 171. Injured Mike Trout leads the Angles in home runs with 45 and RBIs with 104. As a team, Los Angeles is hitting .249. On Saturday, the Angels will send Jose Suarez to the mound. The lefthander this season is 2-6 with an ERA of 7.34, 66 Ks and 31 BBs.