Houston, by 5th. time in a row to the championship series
José Altuve, Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman did it again.
Guided by their proven figures in October, the Houston Astros will contest the American League Championship Series for the fifth consecutive year. Now they will face the Boston Red Sox for the pennant of the new circuit.
Altuve hit a three-run homer, scored four times and stole a base, as Houston beat the Chicago White Sox 10-1, eliminated in the fourth game of the division series.
Both Correa and Bregman hit two-run doubles, and the Astros finished the series, a mission they couldn’t accomplish Sunday when they fell 12-6.
Yesterday, they did it with their usual good baseball formula. Michael Brantley had three hits and drove in a pair of runs.
On Friday, Altuve and company will play the first game of the championship series against their former bench coach Alex Cora, current manager of the Boston Red Sox, who eliminated Tampa Bay on Monday.
“They know how to play,” Altuve said. “They’ve been to the playoffs before, so it’s going to be fun.”
That first meeting will take place in Houston.
It will be Houston’s second Championship Series under manager Dusty Baker, 72, who outmatched Tony La Russa, 77.
Baker replaced AJ Hinch, who was fired after the Astros’ signal theft scandal, which also led to a one-year suspension for Cora.
Gavin Sheets homered for Chicago. He is the third rookie in all of the pale-legged franchise history to hit a home run in a postseason game.
However, Carlos Rodón was beaten in the third inning of what was his first start since Sept. 29, and the Central Division monarchs stranded eight runners on the trails.
The White Sox were also eliminated in the first round of the 2020 playoffs, when they lost two of the three series games in Oakland. Before this year, the franchise had never advanced to the playoffs in consecutive years. — AP