Jose Altuve’s walk-off HR off Aroldis Chapman sends Astros to World Series
The Houston Astros are back in the World Series for the second time in three years, and they got there with plenty of theatrics thanks to a thrilling 6-4 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.
After Astros closer Roberto Osuna gave up a game-tying two-run home run to DJ LeMahieu in the top of the ninth inning, Jose Altuve responded in the bottom of the inning with a walk-off dinger off Aroldis Chapman to send Minute Maid Park into a frenzy:
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Altuve was named ALCS MVP after his majestic shot, which capped off an incredible series for the Astros star. He hit .348 with two homers in the ALCS after also raking in the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays.
This Game 6 featured plenty of drama as both managers went with openers to start the game. Houston quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to Yuli Gurriel’s three-run bomb off Chad Green, but New York’s stable of pitchers did an admirable job after that, holding the Astros’ explosive offense to just one run over the next seven innings.
The Yankees slowly chipped away at their deficit, and they finally caught up thanks to LeMahieu’s clutch homer. Gio Urshela singled off Osuna to lead off the ninth inning to give LeMahieu the chance to tie the game, which he did after a lengthy at-bat following a Brett Gardner strikeout.
It looked like the Astros were going to go quietly against Chapman in the bottom half of the inning, but George Springer walked with two outs to set up Altuve’s heroics.
Houston will now face the Washington Nationals in the World Series. The Astros won it all in 2017, so they’ll be trying to turn this incredible run into a dynasty with a win.