Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Astros starter Charlie Morton threw 5 shutout innings before handing the ball to Lance McCullers who preserved the scoreless game with 4 innings of relief as they went on to beat the New York Yankees 4-0 in game 7 of the American League Championship Series to head to their second ever World Series. Justin Verlander was named the series Most Valuable Player after going (2-0) with an 0.56 earned run average in two starts, striking out 21 and allowing only 10 hits. The Astros will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series starting on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
“We came home from New York pretty beat up. We wanted to win it in New York, we wanted to close it out as soon as possible,” Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said. “With Morton and McCullers, we couldn’t have asked for it to map out any better. These guys came out throwing strikes, throwing quality strikes… Brian McCann handled them terrifically. We came up with some big hits, and we look up and we got our 27 outs.”
The Houston lineup came up big, starting with a solo home run by designated hitter Evan Gattis in the 4th inning. Then in the 5th, second baseman Jose Altuve belted his own solo homer and later Brian McCann would drive in two more with a double. In all the Astros came up with 10 hits on the night.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better crowd the last two nights,” Hinch said. “This city and this fan base fell in the love with this team a while ago… They’ve been loud, they’ve been good and we’re going to need them.”