‘Away team wins’ jinx and 56%, then Texas goes to WS, Game 7 Scherzer-Javier return match
The bloody battle between the fall baseball powerhouses eventually continued until the final game.
The Texas Rangers won on the road and brought the series back to square one.
Texas defeated the Houston Astros 9 to 2 in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) held at Minute Maid Park on the 23rd (Korean time), leveling the series record at 3 wins and 3 losses.
Now, the direction of the AL championship will be decided in the final 7th game held at the same location at 9:03 a.m. on the 24th. Texas starts Max Scherzer and Houston starts Christian Javier.
In Game 3 on the 19th, Scherzer lost with 5 hits and 5 runs in 4 innings, while Javier won with 3 hits and 2 runs in 5⅔ innings. In the return match after 5 days, it became clear why Scherzer needed to pitch well.
In this year’s ALCS, the away team won all six games.
Texas broke expectations in the first and second away games and won 2-0 and 5-4 in close games, respectively, and in games 3, 4, and 5 held at Globe Life Field, Texas’ home, Houston defeated Jose Altuve’s 3-pointer in game 5. A sweep was achieved with active attack power. However, in Game 6 held at home in Houston, Texas showed an overwhelming performance.
This ALCS could be the second series in history in which the visiting team wins all seven games in a best-of-seven postseason series, following the 2019 World Series between Houston and the Washington Nationals. If so, it will be up to Texas to advance to the World Series.
In historical best-of-seven fall baseball games, the team that won Game 6 won Game 7 33 times out of 59 times. Texas’ probability of becoming AL champ is 56%.
Texas starter Nathan Evaldi became the winning pitcher by pitching well, allowing 5 hits and 2 walks and allowing 2 runs in 6⅓ innings. Ivaldi is showing signs of winning all four games this postseason.
Previously, he posted quality starts one after another with 6 hits and 1 run in 6⅔ innings in Game 2 of the Wild Card Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, 5 hits and 1 run in 7 innings in Game 3 of the Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles, and 5 hits and 3 runs in 6 innings in Game 2 of the ACLS. . He pitched 26 innings in 4 games, posting a 2.42 ERA, 4 walks, and 28 strikeouts.
Houston starter Framber Valdez also pitched 5 innings, allowing 5 hits and 3 runs, but the batting lineup was not as helpful as Texas.
Houston seemed to be taking the lead by scoring the first run in the bottom of the first inning. Leadoff man Jose Altuve’s hit to right and Michael Brantley’s walk gave him a chance to reach first and second base with no outs, and Alex Bregman was out with a fly ball to the outfield, but Yordan Alvarez hit a center hit and Altuve homered.
However, with one out and runners on first and second base, Jose Abreu hit a straight hit to shortstop and Kyle Tucker struck out on a missed swing, failing to completely break Ivaldi’s momentum, resulting in Houston’s loss.
Texas immediately succeeded in tying the game with Mitch Garber’s home run in the top of the second inning. Garber, who started as the leadoff hitter, hit Valdez’s first pitch, a sinker outside the 93 mph mark, and sailed over the fence in right-center. Garber’s second arch in baseball this fall.
Texas turned the score to 3-1 in the fourth inning. With two outs, Garber reached base with a single to left, and Jonah Haim fired a two-run gun to right. Valdez’s second pitch was a change-up high at 88 mph that went over the right fence. Haim also hit his second home run this postseason.
After Houston got behind by one run in the bottom of the 6th inning on Mauricio Dovan’s sacrifice fly, Houston ran away with a 2-run lead in the top of the 8th inning on Garber’s double, putting a wedge in the game. Leader Evan Carter reached base with an infield hit by the shortstop and stole second base, and with one out, Garber hit a double that hit the left fence with a one-bounder to bring Carter home.굿모닝토토
Even though Houston had a chance to load the bases in the bottom of the 8th inning, they ultimately failed to chase it down. Leadoff Bregman’s walk, Abreu’s left-field hit with one out, and Tucker’s walk provided an opportunity to load the bases with one out, but Doban hit a straight out to shortstop and pinch hitter John Singleton struck out on a missed swing.
Texas gained momentum and completely split the game with Adolis Garcia’s grand slam in the top of the 9th inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Corey Seager scored a run by hitting a ball on his left calf from Stanek, the opponent’s right-handed pitcher, and with one out, Garcia hit Stanek’s high 97 mph fastball up the middle for a grand slam to left. did. His 5th home run this postseason.