The second man of Al Qaeda Houston AstrosVenezuelan Jose Altuve became the hitter who led this Tuesday, with four touchdowns and three RBI, to his ninth 10-1 win over the Chicago White Sox in Game Four of the MLS series.
The 3-1 best-of-five win allows the Astros to silence criticism once again over the illegal sign-stealing scandal in 2017, when they won the World Championships, and a return to the Junior Championship series. year to face the Boston Red Sox.
The next move for Altuve and the company is Game 1 of the Championship Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston against former Astros seat coach Alex Cora, who also led the Red Sox again in a shock .3-1 elimination by the Tampa Bay Rays in the other series split.
This will be the Astros’ second tournament under 72-year-old Dusty Becker, whose club has earned a better than 77-year-old Chicago captain Tony La Russa, allowing both to make history by being the longest-serving coaches. Met in a playoff match.
Al-Touf, who scored 5 to 3, scored a goal from three games at the top of the ninth game to decide the result and victory.
Besides Altuve, Puerto Rican short-range player Carlos Correa also responded to critics who still questioned his impressive class and attacking power, without having to steal the signals, going 4-2 with two RBIs.
Another member of the 2017 squad, third baseman Alex Bergman, who responded to the critics, also starred with a one-on-five hit, scoring and two RBIs.
From the hill, starter Lance McCullers Jr., who worked four rounds with a run allowed and five hits, including a homer solo by designated hitter Gavin Sheets, into the bottom of the second half, along with four Astros finishers, including Dominicans Yemi Garcia, who then diverged by only two strokes, to no avail.
Garcia (1-0), who was the one to take the ball from McCullers Jr., left with the win by working the perfect fifth inning with a header after making 21 runs and putting them 14 in the strike zone.
The loss went to rookie Carlos Rondon (0-1), who could barely hold out two rounds and two-thirds on the hill, was punished with three hits and earned twice, as well as given five walks and fanning three competing batsmen.
Rodon knocked out the third inning from his first start since September 29, and the AL Central champ dropped eight riders at the base.
Her cards hit Chicago, becoming the third rookie in team history to hit a home run in a playoff game.