Astros Advance to World Series on Altuve Blast

10/20/19 By Tyler Englander

Courtesy of MGN Online

For the second time in three years the Houston Astros are headed to the World Series. The Astros beat the Yankees 6-4 in Game Six of the American League Championship Series to win the series 4-2. The Astros will face the Washington Nationals in the World Series. Game One is set for Tuesday night in Houston. 

Both teams declined to to use a conventional starting pitcher in Game Six, rather deciding to go with a “bullpen game.” Brad Peacock was the first pitcher for the Astros while Chad Green “started” for the Yankees. 

The Astros got to Green early with first baseman Yuli Gurriel hitting a three-run home run off the Yankee righty in the first inning. It was Gurriel’s first home run of the ALCS. 

The Yankees clawed their way back, scoring a run in the second on a Gary Sanchez RBI single, and another in the fourth on a Gio Urshela solo home run. The Astros got a run in the sixth to make it a 4-2 game. 

In the top of the ninth, AJ Hinch brought in closer Roberto Osuna to try and send the Astros to the fall classic. Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu had other ideas. The American League MVP candidate hit a two-run homer that barely cleared the fence in right field. The game was tied at four. 

Game Six wouldn’t stay tied for very long as the Yankees bought in their closer, Arolidis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth. Chapman got the first two batters before walking George Springer to bring up former AL MVP, Jose Altuve. On a 2-1 pitch, Chapman hung an off-speed pitch and Altuve didn’t miss. Altuve hit a mammoth walk-off two-run homerun to send the Astros to the World Series. 

Altuve said after the game, “I wasn’t trying to hit a homer, I was just thinking to hit the ball hard, get on base and keep the momentum. Thank god the ball went out and we won the game.” 

Looking forward to the World Series, manager AJ Hinch said, “Look at this team. Look at this unbelievable group of fans. We hung a banner two years ago, and we want to hang another one for these fans.” 

The Astros will be looking for the second World Series title in franchise history while the Nationals will be looking for their first in their first World Series appearance.