Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Starting pitching propels Astros, Nationals to World Series

Starting pitching propels Astros, Nationals to World Series

Altuve drilled a walk-off, two-run home run in the ninth inning to cap a heart-stopping 6-4 victory over the New York Yankees, clinching the American League Championship Series in six games.

In a bullpen Game 6 with a back-and-forth finish, DJ LeMahieu hit a tying, two-run shot off Astros closer Roberto Osuna in the top of the ninth. The Astros got two first inning hits and didn't get their third until Martin Maldonado's infield single in the fifth.

In the seventh inning, Houston outfielder Michael Brantley made a diving catch in left field and turned it into a double play by catching New York's Aaron Judge, who was too far off first base.

At 2 hours, 59 minutes, was their shortest postseason game since 2012 ALDS Game 5 vs. Baltimore (2:52).

The Astros beat the Yankees in the 2017 ALCS, before winning the World Series.

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With 20 career postseason strikeouts, is the all-time leader for a Canadian pitcher (next: John Axford- 18K).the 9K were the most by a Canadian pitcher in a postseason game, surpassing the 8K he recorded in 2019 ALDS Game 1 vs. Minnesota and Colorado's Jeff Francis in 2007 ALDS Game 1 at Philadelphia. In the second inning, Yankees hitter Brett Gardner had two strikes called against him by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson that appeared questionable on replays.

Dud of the night: For one inning, Justin Verlander, because his four-run first frame marked the first time in his career he had given up that many runs in any inning in the postseason, as well as the first time he has given that many runs up in an inning since August 11, 2014, against the Padres, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The Yankees were 12-5 this season when they used an "opener", the best such record in Major League Baseball, but they were beaten at their own game in Game 6, with Green giving up three runs and Chapman not able to exorcise his postseason demons at Minute Maid Park in what was his second walk-off loss of the ALCS.

The Yankees won 100 games in 2018 and were eliminated in the Division Series by the 108-win Red Sox. "But the work never ends". We want to be champions. They firmly believed they had a better team than the 2017 edition that lost to the Astros and the one that was eliminated in the ALDS by the Red Sox previous year.

It was an abrupt end for the Yankees, whose championship expectations were at an all-time high after their "next man up" mantra got them through an injury-riddled season. We weren't able to do that. "I'll be thinking about this for a while".

"Extremely disappointing. We set out to win the whole thing", LeMahieu said. "Me especially. All series long", Judge said. "Throughout the series we left a lot of guys on base and had a lot of missed opportunities". That was a difference in the series.

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