Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The Astros sweep the Yankees and head to another World Series

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — Another World Series for the Houston Astros, an irrepressible team that knows how to win with endless resources.

Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman contributed hits and the Astros sealed the Yankees’ four-game sweep in the American League Championship Series in a 6-5 win on Sunday with the complicity of another failure by the New York defense.

Capitalizing on a costly error by second baseman Gleber Torres on a throw, the Astros went on to go for their second straight tour in the seventh inning and convert the score to fourth in six years.

Chasing their second World Series championship, the Astros will host the Philadelphia Phillies starting Friday. Houston repeats in a Fall Classic after losing six games to the Atlanta Braves last year.

The Phillies defeated San Diego earlier in the day, taking the NL series to five games.

This was the first time since 1992 that both the pennants were settled on the same day. It was also the third time in six years that the Astros finished the Yankees in the league championship series.

With an immaculate 7-0 record this post season, Houston will have another chance to establish itself and bury the sign-theft scandal that tainted the championship it won in 2017 that the franchise only has.

And his 73-year-old manager Dusty Baker will once again seek to secure the elusive first title of his career as manager.

With a new playoff format that increased the number of teams to 12, the Phillies made history by becoming the first team to finish third in their division to reach the World Series.

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Philadelphia went 87–75 during the regular season, trailing Atlanta and the New York Mets in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Astros were in first place in the West with a record of 106–56.

“It’s by far the best group I’ve coached,” Baker said at the on-field celebration.

The Astros were shocked on Sunday night when they found themselves pedaling twice against the Current at Yankee Stadium.

Jeremy Pea, the rookie who inherited the shortstop job after star Carlos Correa moved to free agency, hit a three-run homer in the third inning of Yankees starter Nestor Cortés – affected by a sore throat – for Houston. -0 deficit to erase the start.

Pea was declared the Most Valuable Player of the series.

“It’s a dream, a lot of people dream of it,” said the 25-year-old Dominican, whose father Geronimo was a fielder in the majors during the 1990s. “I feel blessed.”

“I never looked like I was replacing Correa. He was a legend in Houston who helped me a lot,” he said.

Desperate to extend their season, the Yankees attacked in the first innings after an 84-minute delay due to predicted rain. Giancarlo Stanton lined up right field from one that brought in a run and Torres went into the center on a drive into the second.

New York ended a 14-innings scoreless drought. Rizzo added RBI twice in the second to extend the lead to 3-0.

Boone expanded his lineup again, with Harrison Bader hitting the leadoff. He responded with three hits and scoring three times. He defeated Hector Neris – eventually credited as the winning pitcher – for his fifth homer of the playoffs, upping the Yankees 5-4 in sixth.

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But they could not keep the difference.

Pea got off the ground for Torres, all set to execute a double play that would have ended the innings. But the Venezuelan second baseman’s throw was too wide for shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa to catch.

The Astros had two men in line, and they weren’t going to miss the opportunity.

lvarez entered the tying score with a single on the next pitch from defeated Nicaraguan pitcher Jonathan Loisiga. And Bregman was responsible for setting up the definite advantage with another single against Clay Holmes.

“We are a team that never gives up hope,” Baker said. “We are firm.”

It was the sixth error committed by the Yankees this post season. He also paid off in Game 3 when Chas McCormick hit a two-run homer off Yankees Gerrit Cole after Bader dropped an easy-to-out fly ball when he collided with teammate Aaron Judge in the outfield .

Brian Abreu, Rafael Monteiro and Ryan Pressley handled the last three innings.

“We were defeated by a better team,” Boone said. “He set the standard we aspire to be in this league.”

The judge retired from the press for the final out when the Yankees descended on the slugger mound. Judge, who set an American League record for home runs this season, will be a free agent and last played for New York.

“I haven’t thought about it yet,” the judge said of impending free agency. “I will have plenty of time to define it (the future).”

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