Astros Win 6-1; Dominant 10K Cole, Now Bring on The Damn Yankees
Tonight's game five of the American League Divisional Series between the Houston Astros and The Tampa Bay Rays was a win or go home situation, the Astros pinned their hopes on the arm of Gerrit Cole and the twenty-nine year old delivered with a high speed passion. It's highly possible that fifty years from now Cole's performance in game five will be a topic of pitching discussion when the 2069 ALDS comes up.
The Houston win advances the 2017 World Series winners into the Championship round with the New York Yankees. (Insert George Costanza Yankee-Astro jokes here) Game one of that series is Saturday night at 7:08 pm on FOX.
Gerrit Cole turned in another gritty performance confounding Rays hitters with spin rate, movement and velocity it was a wonderful sight to behold as another ten batters got notched up on his strike-out totals.
While Cole stymied the Tampa bats the home team's wood sprang to life with the usual Astro multi-home run performance in front of a packed home crowd in Minute Maid Park.
The Astros struck as soon as the umpire screamed 'play ball' scoring four runs in the bottom of the first against the highly touted and solid 2019 flame thrower Tyler Glasnow. George Springer led off with a base hit, and went to third on Michael Brantley's single to center. All-Star Jose Altuve singled to right center scoring Brantley and LSUs favored son Alex Bregman drove in two more with a two-bagger to right center.
Yordan Alvarez the amazing rookie Astro slugger grounded out then Yuli Gurriel drove in Bregman with a single to left which capped the Astros big first inning.
The win represents the Astros third consecutive American League Championship Series trip on Cole's eleventh straight start with double-digit strikeouts.
The New York Yankees, a rematch of the 2017 series won by Houston on their way to winning it all that year. This is a best of seven game series.
The Yankees come into Minute Maid after another blowout of the Minnesota Twins. If you think the NFL Vikings have Super Bowl jinx try being a Twins fan making it past the Bronx Bombers every year.
In the National League the St Louis Cardinals will face the Washington Nationals in the NL Championship Series.
For a look at the post season schedule so far click here.