To the people of Seattle (including the editors at our beloved partner publication, Seattle Met): the loudest and proudest fans of the Houston Astros would like to apologize for ending your playoff stretch after 21 long, long years of no postseason appearances. After six agonizing hours on a Saturday night, we were able to save you all some potentially very pricy airfare by sweeping the series at T-Mobile Park—silencing all booing fans and doubters. But don’t fret, there’s always next year. We can only hope to SEA you next October in H-Town!
As for the hometown heroes, the boys at Minute Maid are headed to the American League Championship Series for the sixth consecutive year. The series was nothing short of spectacular and gut-wrenching as the Astros completed a three-game sweep against the Mariners. While Seattle proved worthy opponents, the Astros’ lineup came in clutch.
Astros bigman Yordan Alvarez hit a walk-off home run at the bottom of the ninth inning to attain a 8-7 victory in game one. The combination of Alvarez scoring a two-run HR and third baseman Alex Bregman hitting a single RBI in the bottom of the eighth inning resulted in a nail-biting 4-2 win in game two. After each of these down-to-the-last-pitch wins, the Mariners were spared a expeditious loss as the games went on for six hours and 17 scoreless innings until the solo HR by Astros shortstop, Jeremy Peña, in the 18th inning to close the door on what seemed to be a Cinderella storybook year for the Mariners.
As the only team that possessed a wild card bye and home field advantage during the Division series continuing on to the next stretch of games, the Astros get a three-day break as they await the winner of the matchup between the Yankees and Guardians set to end Monday night. Games one and two in the best-of-seven game series will take place at Minute Maid Park with the first pitches slated for Wednesday and Thursday at 6:37 p.m.
In the chance that nay-sayers and critics haven’t seen enough post-game champagne showers in the locker room, the Astros are still fighting hard on their playoff run to take the title back and the train doesn’t look to slow down anytime soon. May the strongest survive.
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