CHICAGO — The most dominant era in the history of the Astros notched another achievement on Tuesday afternoon, when they advanced to the American League Championship Series for the fifth year in a row by beating the White Sox, 10-1, in Game 4 of the AL Division Series.
And they did it in convincing fashion on a chilly October afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field, getting two-run RBI doubles from Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman, a three-run homer from Jose Altuve — three of their core four position players who have been together since 2016 — and a lockdown performance from their bullpen.
The Astros are the third team in the Divisional Era (since 1969) to reach the LCS in five consecutive seasons, joining the Braves (’95-’99) and A’s (’71-’75). Game 1 of the best-of-seven ALCS against the Red Sox is set for Friday night at Minute Maid Park.
For the second game in a row, the Astros roared to an early 5-1 lead, but their bullpen was up to the challenge after starter Lance McCullers Jr. threw four innings, allowing just one run. Correa’s two-run double in the third put the Astros ahead, 2-1, and Bregman’s two-run double capped a three-run fourth. An RBI single by Michael Brantley in the sixth made it 6-1; Brantley added an RBI single in the eighth.
That was enough for the Astros to finish off the White Sox, clinching before a sellout crowd that pelted them with insults in Games 3 and 4. It’s nothing new to the Astros, who brushed aside the jeers and boos they heard all season as they slugged their way to the AL West title.
It didn’t matter to the Astros that they lost 2020 team Most Valuable Player George Springer in free agency, or that they were without injured ace Justin Verlander for the entire season. It didn’t matter to them that they were booed in every ballpark by fans who didn’t get the chance to do so during last year’s COVID-shortened season.
All that matters to the Astros is that they are once again one of the final four teams standing in October.
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