Left-handed starter Valdez gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings and fanned four batters for the Astros, who will try to sweep the best of five series on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Game two of the neutral site playoff series is Tuesday night as the Astros are within two wins of their fourth consecutive appearance in the American League Championship Series. Another run scored on a wild pitch.
Right-hander McCullers got off to a rocky start for the Astros, giving up five runs on eight hits over four-plus innings with a walk and five strikeouts.
Clevinger was diagnosed with right elbow posterior impingement on September 25. All he can do is wait for the inflammation in his elbow to go down and hope he gets the chance to pitch in the World Series.
Rookie manager Jayce Tingler, speaking to reporters earlier Wednesday before Clevinger was taken off the active roster, said the pitcher had "a warrior-type attitude and spirit" and wanted to be back on the mound for Game 1 after being cleared by doctors. "When we went and talked, he said he warned me three times".
If he does return, he will be pitching with the same discomfort he had Tuesday night.
"They can hit, there's no secret in that", Rays manager Kevin Cash said. Clevinger, however, talked of the remedy being altering his "body alignment" as he throws.
Dodgers open NLDS with 5-1 win against Padres
The Cuba-born Hernández sued in July 2017, claiming he hadn't been assigned to the World Series since 2005 and hadn't been promoted to lead a crew. "Just tried to keep it going".
"We felt like it was a matter of time", Cody Bellinger said. So, we've got some work to do.
The Padres will figure that out if they have to. But this is something that in those couple of days leading up to that, I did have conversations with J.A.to get them on board, exactly with the plan, because it was a little, obviously outside his normal routine. They would go scoreless the rest of the way, only notching three hits as a team. Nine relievers combined on a four-hit shutout in the Game 3 clincher over the St. Louis Cardinals last Friday.
The was a mild surprise was the inclusion of Mike Clevinger, who missed the Wild Card Series due to an elbow injury. The herky-jerky right-hander, acquired from Cleveland in a nine-player trade August 31, walked two and threw a wild pitch in a scoreless first.
Perhaps someone has finally figured out how to reel in Major League Baseball's playoff sharks ...
The 21-year-old García made his major league debut August 30 and went 3-2 with a 4.98 ERA in six regular-season starts. Home runs by Clint Frazier, Kyle Higashioka and Aaron Judge off Snell gave the Bombers a 4-3 lead through five innings, which they never relinquished. This is why you go through the process. "Sometimes you get away with it, sometimes you don't". "So it's been a lot".
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