For the second straight day, the Astros chased the A’s starting pitcher from the game with a five-run inning.
Frankie Montas allowed just two baserunners through the first three innings of Thursday’s Game 4 of the American League Divisional Series, including one on an error. But the heart of the Astros’ order got to him in the fourth.
After walking second baseman Jose Altuve, Montas gave up a home run to Michael Brantley. Two more singles later, he allowed another long ball — this time to Carlos Correa for the shortstop’s third home run of the series.
Montas nearly made it out of the inning despite the five earned runs, but as he compiled two outs, two more runners reached base and A’s manager Bob Melvin decided to remove him from his first career postseason start. In a strange moment, Athletics pitching coach Scott Emerson went to the Dodger Stadium mound and took the ball from Montas rather than Melvin doing so.
.@TeamCJCorrea puts the Astros on top. pic.twitter.com/EyeO2wNL8h
— MLB (@MLB) October 8, 2020
Montas’ 3 2/3 innings mark the shortest start for the A’s this series, even as no Oakland starter has made it through the fifth inning. In total, they’ve given up 16 earned runs over 16 1/3 innings — good for an earned-run average of 8.82.
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Astros starter Zack Greinke left the game shortly after Montas, in the top of the fifth inning. He allowed Ramón Laureano to hit his second home run of the game in that inning before picking up two outs and allowing a walk.
Once again in this series, the game will be determined by the bullpens.
Montas’ final line: 3.2 IP, 5 ER, 3 K
Greinke’s final line: 4.2 IP, 4 ER, 4 K
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment