The New York Yankees Made them work for this, but Houston Astros still prevailed. The dominant AL juggernaut won a back-and-forth ALCS Game 4, 6-5. Advance to the World Series vs Philadelphia Phillies.
The Astros overcame an early 3-0 deficit at the rookie shortstop Jeremy Rock’s recent heroics, then turned a one-run deficit into a series-ending advantage Alex BregmanA go-ahead single in the seventh inning. The bullpen threw four scoreless innings in relief of Lance McCullers Jr.
Game 4 was considered a serious breakthrough for the Yankees’ offense. Anthony Rizzo drove in two, and Harrison Bader homered for the fifth time this postseason. But that’s not enough.
Starter Nestor Cortez Jr. left after 2+ innings — shortly after allowing Peña to tie the game with a three-run homer — with a groin injury that limited his fastball. Manager Aaron Boone later told the TBS broadcaster that Cortes had been dealing with the injury since the start of the playoffs.
The Astros’ decisive rally in the seventh began with ground balls. Jose Altuve hit a grounder. After Gleyber Torres And Isiah Kiner-Falefa Mishandled a potential double play ball. Yordan Alvarez and Bregman tied the singles to take the lead.
After reaching their sixth straight ALCS, the Astros are heading to their fourth consecutive World Series, and are yet to lose their streak in the 2022 playoffs. Manager Dusty Baker, 73, will make his third trip to the Fall Classic, looking for the one thing that has eluded him as a manager: a ring.
The Astros’ only championship came in 2017, a title later tarnished in the public imagination by a sign-stealing scandal. Many stars from that team – George Springer, Carlos Correa Among them – left. But the organization is churning out new productive players like Peña, Alvarez, and surprising ALCS impact bats Chas McCormick.
They will take on the Phillies boasting a formidable array of weapons. Justin Verlander, Framber Valdez And Christian Xavier Each allowed one run or fewer in the start against the Yankees, while the Astros’ bullpen allowed one run in the entire series. They seem to be up for a challenge against the rowdy band of Phillies sluggers they lead Bryce Harbor. The series is set to begin on Friday night.
In the Bronx, the Yankees are out of the playoffs, but the spotlight doesn’t fade as winter encroaches. Aaron Judge – The 62-homer sensation – made the final out in Game 4 and will now head to free agency. He posted a great contract year After turning down an extension offer from the Yankees in the spring.
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