That breeze you felt close to midnight Central time was the entire city of Houston collectively exhaling after Jose Altuve’s walk off two run homer that clinched the Astros second American League title in three years and punched their ticket to another trip to the World Series.
And it’s always fun when you knock off the Evil Baseball Empire to do it.
After a tense Game 6 in which the Astros took an early 3-0 lead on Yuli Gurriel’s 3 run homer in the bottom of the first, the Evil Baseball Empire kept chipping away.
They got a second inning run after Didi Gregorius doubled and Gary Sanchez singled to cut the deficit to 3-1. In the fourth a Gio Urshela solo shot into the bullpen trimmed the Astros lead to 3-2.
The Astros got one back after Alex Bregman hit into a fielder’s choice to bump the lead to 4-2
After the Yankees DJ LeMahieu hit the tying two run homer off Astros closer Roberto Osuna into the right field bleachers just inches past the glove of a leaping George Springer to tie the game at 4-4, the Astros had the daunting task of facing Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth.
Chapman hadn’t given up an earned run in 4 2/3 postseason innings, but gave up a two out walk to Springer to set up the dramatic showdown with Altuve.
After taking two Chapman fastballs for balls and a slider for a strike, Altuve blasted an up in the strike zone slider over the wall in left center field for a series clinching 6-4 win that gave the Astros their second American League title in three years and their third World Series appearance as a franchise.
Don’t think we Astros fans didn’t hear your foul ”Eff Altuve’ chant at Skankee Stadium aimed at him last night. Altuve got the last laugh last night and the ALCS MVP trophy to go with it.
This just in. The paternity test came back. The Astros are the Yankees daddy.
The Astros have faced the Yankees in the postseason three times (2015,2017, 2019) since joining the American League, and beaten them all three times. Beating the Yankees tonight also meant that this is the first decade since the 1910’s that the Yankees have failed to make it to the World Series.
Speaking of the World Series, that starts on Tuesday with the Astros facing the Washington nationals at Minute maid Park.