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Houston Astros return to World Series

by Tyler Lennon

The Houston Astros defeated the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS on Friday to advance to the World Series. This marks the fourth time the franchise has played in the World Series. They will face the Atlanta Braves in the best-of-seven series beginning on Tuesday. 

The Astros managed to beat the Red Sox in six games, blanking them in the final game by a score of 5-0. Houston got big hits including a first inning RBI double out of DH Yordan Alvarez who went 4-4 and finished a homer shy of the cycle. Outfielder Kyle Tucker put the final nail in Boston’s coffin with a 3-run shot in the eighth.

The Astros also got 5.2 innings of one-hit ball out of starter Luis Garcia. Garcia completely stymied the Boston offense striking out seven over that time. The bullpen continued the effort, with four relievers finishing the shutout.

 

As a team the Astros hit a fantastic .277/.341/.451 in the ALCS having scored 36 runs with 9 dingers over the six games. The Red Sox only managed to hit .212/.300/.439.

Atlanta, for their part, are coming off a big win in the National League against the Dodgers. Their bats are also hot, having hit .260/.324/.422 with 8 homers off a tough LA pitching staff over a six-game series.

Games one and two of the World Series will be hosted at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The next three are scheduled for Atlanta, with games six and seven coming back to Houston, should they be played. First pitch will be at 7:09 and the series will be aired on Fox.
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