Sunday, December 5, 2021

World Siri: Rookie Pushes Astros Past Braves To Draw

HOUSTON (AP) – Jose Siri threw himself headfirst into his home plate, jumped out, flexing his arms and screaming with all his might.

Welcome to the World Series, rook.

The career minor league player sparked a team whose biggest stars took time to shine, sending the Houston Astros to a 7-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night, leveling the Fall Classic in one game for the team.

Jose Altuve doubled early, scored late and scored twice as they escaped. Siri’s speed and aggressive play caused chaos at the bases, leading to a second inning with four runs that helped the Astros fix a five-game skid at home in the World Series.

They won a World Series game in Houston for the first time after a 13-12 win over the Dodgers in 10 innings in Game 5 on October 29, 2017.

Altuve hit the first double and scored in the first inning, then added a solo homer in the seventh as the October-tried Astros swept past the suddenly sloppy Braves.

Jose Urkidi gave the Astros five solid innings for his second World Series win of his career, and Houston’s bullpen – already so important this postseason – did the rest.

“I was very focused,” said Urkidi, the rookie, when he beat Washington in the Fall Classic 2019. “I love that. I love the feeling.”

On Friday night, the Best of Seven streak will move to Atlanta for the first of three games. Ian Anderson is set to play for the Braves against rookie Luis Garcia.

The Astros jumped Atlanta starter Max Fried on seven hits and six runs – five earned – in more than five innings.

The game was at 1 when Kyle Tucker went by the wayside with one single, before moving to third with Julie Gurriel’s single. Quick Siri, which debuted in the Major Leagues on September 3, then beat a single on the infield, scored Takeru and propelled the Astros to the top spot.

This made Siri the first player to debut in September or later and compete in that year’s World Series.

Hey Siri: how are you feeling?

Martin Maldonado ground lone left fielder Eddie Rosario, who scored against Gurriel.

Usually, the fundamentally sounding Braves played all over the place. Rosario threw the ball to an unoccupied third base and the ball rolled into a foul, allowing Siri to rush home after a mistake.

“We’re just a little stuck in between things,” said Atlanta manager Brian Snitker.

Siri stood by her plate, drenched in a moment he thought would never come.

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Trapped as a minor since 2013, the excitable 26-year-old outfielder has turned into World Siri. Until Wednesday, he was best known for nearly knocking 72-year-old manager Dusty Baker down on his way to celebrate his teammate’s postseason exploits.

The crowd, so quiet last night, roared as Siri rushed to the dugout. A fan on the lower deck hung a sign that read, “Don’t poke the bear,” as the Astros rediscovered their serious offense following an unsuccessful 6-2 defeat on Tuesday night.

The Braves visited the mound to try to regroup after this fiasco in the game, but Freed threw a wild serve shortly after it ended, sending Maldonado in third place. There were two outs in the inning when Michael Brantley singled out right field, swinging his fist as he left the batter’s box to send another home run that made the score 5-1.

Urkidi had six hits and two runs while hitting seven shots and not a step before bouncing off a clunker in Game 3 of the AL Championship Series, when he allowed five runs and just five outs against Boston.

Altuve’s first double kicked off the Astros a day after the second baseman went 0-5 in the first game with three strikeouts of his postseason career. He climbed to third place on Brantley’s flyball before scoring a sacrifice against Alex Bregman to make the score 1-0.

Urkidi had a much better start than his teammate Framber Valdez in the first game. Still, it was a low bar after Jorge Soler knocked Valdez out in the starting lineup on Tuesday night.

Urkidi struck out his first two hitters before allowing consecutive singles to Ozzy Albis and Austin Riley. Soler then walked up to the plate, and the right-hander escaped the first-half troubles that Valdez got into as he blew out the big designated hitter to avoid the jam.

Travis d’Arnot scored home to Atlanta in the second, and tied the score 1-all. Dansby Swanson singled out, but Gurriel grabbed liner Rosario to first base for a third strikeout.

Freddie Freeman’s RBI single cut the lead to 5-2 in the fifth.

“Obviously you want to win two. But if you get out of here with a split, then it’s good that you come home, ”said Snitker.


Garcia sent the ball away without a shot in the sixth inning during his final start in Game 6 of the ALCS to lead the Astros to victory.

Anderson allowed one run in four starting innings in Game 6 of the NLCS.


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