Tampa Bay’s Choi Ji-man has no hits in ALDS loss in Astros

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Tampa Bay’s Choi Ji-man has no hits in ALDS loss in Astros

Tampa Bay Rays’ Korean infielder Choi Ji-man has gone hitless for his third straight postseason game.

Choi went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk in the Rays’ 3-1 loss to the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the American League Division Series (ALDS) at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Saturday, local time.

The Astros have won the first two games of the best-of-five series, which will move to the Rays’ home, Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Monday.

Houston starter Gerrit Cole struck out 15 batters in 7 and two thirds innings.

In the top of the first, Choi struck out on a foul tip on a 98.1 miles-per-hour fastball. In the fourth, Choi swung and missed on a 2-2 fastball, clocked at 99.3 miles per hour.

Choi went down swinging again in the seventh inning, this time on a 100 miles-per-hour fastball.

Choi came on with two men on and nobody out in the ninth, with the Rays down 3-0 against Houston closer Roberto Osuna. Choi battled him for an eight-pitch walk that loaded the bases and was lifted for pinch runner Joey Wendle.

The Rays only eked out one run from their late rally and will go home down 2-0 in the series.

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