ALDS 2018: Top 5 stars from Indians vs Astros Game 1

A look at which players stepped up during the first game of the Cleveland vs Houston series.

1

Alex Bregman - Astros

There were no runs scored in today's game until the fourth inning. That's when Bregman stepped to the plate. He not only delivered a solo shot to get his team on the board, but added to his impressive postseason total against some top notch pitchers. Bregman finished today's game 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.

2

George Springer - Astros

In today's Game 1 victory, Springer had a 2-for-4 outing. He was part of a back-to-back home run party in the fifth inning. His home run made it a 3-0 game at the time. He'd finish things with an RBI and two runs scored in an important momentum-building win in Houston.

3

Jose Altuve - Astros

The 2017 American League MVP delivered a solid hit for his team in the fifth inning. Altuve came to the plate right after his teammate George Springer had smashed one out of the park. So, naturally, Altuve swung and hit the second pitch for a 365-foot shot out of the park. That built Houston's lead to 4-0 in the fifth.

4

Josh Reddick - Astros

Josh Reddick was also a big part of today's Astros win. Reddick was 2-for-4 in Game 1 and had two RBIs. One of those was a single that came in the fourth inning to score Guriel. The other RBI-single came in the bottom of the eighth to score Straw and make it a commanding 7-2 lead.

5

Justin Verlander - Astros

Verlander started the game and worked for just over five innings. In that time, he recorded seven strikeouts, gave up two hits, and allowed Cleveland's only two runs. However, he limited the opponents enough and got solid run support from his teammates. In the end, it was Verlander who earned today's pitching victory, making him 1-0 for the postseason so far.

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