Michael Brantley starts massive double play with diving catch in Game 6

Michael Brantley starts massive double play with diving catch in Game 6”

The Houston Astros are moving on to the World Series after eliminating the New York Yankees with a 6-4 victory Saturday night in Houston in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. The Yankees' offense left eight men on base and had only one hit with runners in scoring position, mounting a last-gasp rally in the ninth inning with a game-tying, two-run homer from DJ LeMahieu before Altuve responded with a two-run home run of his own.

But after talking all year about how important it was to gain home-field advantage, the Yankees showed what a slight let-up in the last 10 days of the regular season meant.

At 2 hours, 59 minutes, was their shortest postseason game since 2012 ALDS Game 5 vs. Baltimore (2:52).

The Nationals have depended on Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin, and Anibal Sanchez to reach the first World Series in franchise history after falling 12 games under.500 on May 24.

NY has gone longer between World Series seasons, but the 2010s are the first decade since their first championship in 1923 that the Yankees didn't even get a chance to play for a title.

With 20 career postseason strikeouts, is the all-time leader for a Canadian pitcher (next: John Axford- 18K).the 9K were the most by a Canadian pitcher in a postseason game, surpassing the 8K he recorded in 2019 ALDS Game 1 vs. Minnesota and Colorado's Jeff Francis in 2007 ALDS Game 1 at Philadelphia.

But the Yankees stayed alive, D.J. LeMahieu hitting a two-run homer that landed just over the wall in right field. The runs were Houston's first with two outs in the series.

How the pitchers will be deployed beginning with Tuesday's Game 1 at Minute Maid Park in Houston remains unclear. The Astros won 6-4 to win the series 4-2. "But the work never ends. Being a leader of this year, I've got to step up and do something". Two teams head to Houston, but only one will be headed to the World Series by Monday. They won 103 games this season but were taken down by the 107-win Astros. They firmly believed they had a better team than the 2017 edition that lost to the Astros and the one that was eliminated in the ALDS by the Red Sox past year. We weren't able to do that.

"I feel like we are on equal footing with them", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

"Putting a label, success, fail, all that, I don't really have time for it, honestly", he said. Even throughout the whole series, we left a lot of guys on base and had a lot of missed opportunities.

The Astros lined it up just the way they wanted, handing a two-run lead to closer Roberto Osuna in the ninth inning.

"A couple timely hits, this series might be different", Judge said.

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