HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Jose Altuve, the ALCS MVP, hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth against Aroldis Chapman to lift the Astros to a 6-4 win, and their second World Series appearance in the last three years.
Yuli Gurriel got the scoring started when he hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the first inning. Gurriel’s home run scored Jose Altuve, who doubled earlier in the inning, and Alex Bregman, who reached via walk.
The Yankees would counter with a two-out rally to score a run in the top of the second. After Brad Peacock retired the first two hitters in the inning, Didi Gregorius doubled and then Gary Sanchez drove him in with an RBI single.
Gio Urshela would bring the Yankees within a run as he hit an opposite field home run to right off of Jose Urquidy, who came into the game to start the fourth inning.
Will Harris would end the Yankees’ threat in the sixth inning. After Sanchez drew a one-out walk, Urshela singled to right, and Josh Reddick made a diving play to retire Brett Gardner, Harris would relieve Urquidy and induce a groundout to short to retire DJ LeMahieu.
The Astros added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Altuve led off the inning with a walk, and then went first to third on a Michael Brantley single to right. Alex Bregman grounded into an RBI fielder’s choice that scored Altuve from third.
Brantley showed off his defense in the top of the seventh to help Harris escape the inning. Aaron Judge led off the inning with a single that grazed the top of Carlos Correa’s leaping glove. After Gleyber Torres popped up to Gurriel in foul territory for the first out, Aaron Hicks hit a blooper that seemed destined to drop, but Brantley’s defensive gem got the Astros out of the frame.
The Astros would get another double play in the eighth inning. This time, after a Gregorius single, Sanchez grounded to Altuve who flipped to Correa for one and then to Gurriel to double up the Yankee catcher.
LeMahieu tied it for the Yankees in the ninth inning as he hit a two-run homer over the wall in right that also played Urshela, who led the inning off with a single.
The game wasn’t tied for long as Aroldis Chapman would pitch the ninth for the Yankees, and made it seem like the game would go to extra innings after striking out Martin Maldonado and getting Reddick to pop out to third. George Springer drew a walk to extend the inning, and on a 2-1 count, Jose Altuve drove a slider over the wall in left center to give the Astros the victory.
Game 1 of the World Series between the Astros and Nationals will be played at 7 p.m. CT Tuesday at Minute Maid Park. Gerrit Cole is the probable starter for the Astros, while the Nationals, who swept the Cardinals in the NLCS, will have a fully rested rotation that included Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Anibal Sanchez.