Tampa Bay Ray escaped from the edge on Saturday, reaching their second World Series with a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series in San Diego.
Briefly AL’s best record in the regular season, in short, 40-20 p.m., They were the only team in baseball history to join the Yankees in 2004 to lose in the top seven after a Y-0 lead. The Astros came short of a win, leaving the Boston Red Sox as the only team to complete such a comeback.
Tampa Bay’s previous World Series appearance came in 2008, when the Rays fell to the Philadelphia Phillies in five games. They will face the winner of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
Although Reese dropped out of games 4, 5 and 6, he has reason to believe in Charlie Morton, his Game 7 starter. Morton is the team’s most experienced player, having 13 seasons in the Majors, and he won Game 7 in the ALCS and the World Series in 2017 – when he was with the Astros, all the teams were.
He was looking sharp on Saturday, working five and two-third innings while conceding two hits and six runs out. The game’s breakout October star Randy Arozeren criticized Lance McCullers Jr.’s two-run homer in the first inning, giving him his seventh postseason home run – by far the most tumultuous.
Catcher Mike Zunino added a solo homer in the second inning and advanced to the second run with a sacrificial fly in the sixth – which proved crucial after the Astros scored twice in the eighth over Carlos Correa singles.
Reese took the winner-take-all game in the division series despite the huge difference in payrolls. The Yankees spend more on players’ salaries than any other team, while Reese is ranked 28th out of 30 clubs this year, just ahead of Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
But they thrive on a deep roster of players with special powers, expertly deployed by manager Kevin Cash, who frequently changes lineups and pitchers to get the right matchups. At the start of the series the Rays’ air defense snatched frequent hits from the Astros, and a timely home run by their hitters gave them enough offense to win.
The victory of the Rays saves the uncomfortable view of Major League Baseb .Lan welcoming the Astros to the league’s showcase event. The Astros won the World Series in 2017, but an MLB investigation in January confirmed that players had stolen signals from opponents’ catchers from television monitors at home games during regular seasons and postseason, banging on the trash and warning hitters on the next pitch. Near the dugout.
Many fans and players were outraged by the scandal, and when the Astros organization was fined and draft elections were drawn – and the team’s former general manager and manager was suspended and then fired – as part of the MLB’s agreement to cooperate with the Astros. The players were not punished. Check.
They qualified for the extended postseason despite a 29-31 record in the regular season, but the rays – and their former teammate Morton – could not be surpassed.