Instead of toasting again, the Houston Astros are toast.
A controversial fan-interference call stripped Houston Astros designated hitter Jose Altuve of what would have been a game-tying, two-run home run in the first inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday.
It was a ideal 43rd birthday present for rookie manager Alex Cora, who became the first skipper from Puerto Rico to take a team to the World Series. When Houston reported for Grapefruit League duty the following day, Verlander elaborated on his response. "It actually came towards my daughter and then it curved a little bit to the right", said Brown. It was left to right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, Boston's Game 3 starter, to secure the four outs that would get the game to Craig Kimbrel.
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27, not pictured) is called out after a fan interfered with Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) catch during the first inning in game four of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. "That's the best way to describe it. Frustration, and beyond that, to being pissed off because it would have made a big difference".
But stars Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and the Astros hobbled to the finish in a humbling defeat.
As such, here are six things you should know about Boston's latest pennant victory.
Last year, the Cubs made a sweet gesture of forgiveness when they gave Bartman a diamond-encrusted ring celebrating their first World Series title in 108 years.
The play loomed all the more large because the game that subsequently unfolded was nip and tuck between the Astros and Red Sox. Houston was shut out five times in Verlander's starts on its home field in 2018. Entering Game 5, the veteran righty had a pristine track record in elimination games. That start broke a playoff stretch during which Price went 0-4 with a 5.81 ERA. Facing Boston slugger J.D. On Thursday night, starting on short rest for the first time since that 2008 season, he tossed six overpowering, scoreless innings as the Red Sox closed out an Astros team that less than a week ago appeared close to unbeatable. Mitch Moreland led off with a double to left field and Ian Kinsler pushed him to third base with a single to right. Their next game will be Tuesday night at Fenway Park, in Game 1 of the World Series, their fourth berth in 15 years.
Despite leading the majors in wins during the regular season, the Red Sox were underdogs against a Houston team that defeated the Dodgers in last year's World Series and romped past Cleveland in the Division Series this month. We lost to a great team. It just wasn't enough at the end.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch came out to argue the ruling.
"They never stopped coming at you", Hinch said. They didn't reach over the fence. I mean, it's an extremely disappointed clubhouse because we want to keep playing.