The Guaranteed Rate Field saw the Houston Astros seal the ALDS with a stunning 10-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox yesterday. While their pitchers put on an impressive display, Jose Altuve once again led the hitting for the Astros, who avoided a Game 5 showdown with this win.
During the game, Altuve smashed a home run which moved him up in the list of all-time postseason home runs scored by a single player.
Jose Altuve smashed his 19th postseason career home run against the White Sox
In yesterday’s game, the White Sox started well as rookie Gavin Sheets smashed a home run in the bottom of the second inning to give them a 1-0 lead. However, this would prove to be their only run as the Astros came back strongly.
In the top of the third inning, Carlos Correa drove in two RBI for the Astros, which gave them the lead. They then continued to increase their lead with clever hitting around the field to drive runs in. However, their only home run of the game came in the top of the ninth inning. And once again, it was Altuve who did the honors.
Oct 12, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) sticks out his tongue as he rounds the bases after hitting a home run as Chicago White Sox second baseman Cesar Hernandez (12) watches during the ninth inning in game four of the 2021 ALDS at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
The 31-year-old smashed a 99mph pitch from Liam Hendriks into the stands to score a three-run home run. This home run was Altuve’s 19th in his postseason career, which ties him with George Springer for the most in Astros history.
José Altuve has 19 home runs in his postseason career, tying George Springer for the most in Astros history.
The only players with more all-time are Manny Ramírez (29), Bernie Williams (22) and Derek Jeter (20). pic.twitter.com/hZaKAjB3Pc
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 12, 2021
In addition, this home run moved Altuve to a joint fourth on the all-time list for the most career postseason home runs. He only trails Manny Ramirez with 29, Bernie Williams with 22, and Derek Jeter with 20.
Altuve scored four runs and drove in three RBI for the Houston Astros
The Venezuelan produced a fine display throughout the game, scoring four out of the Astros’ 10 runs in the game. Kyle Tucker and Chas McCormick scored two runs each, while Alex Bregman and Martin Maldonado scored one run each.
Oct 12, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) and center fielder Jose Siri (26) celebrate after second baseman Jose Altuve (27) and catcher Martin Maldonado (15) scored against the Chicago White Sox on a two-run RBI double hit by third baseman Alex Bregman (not pictured) during the fourth inning in game four of the 2021 ALDS at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
With this series victory, they secured their fifth consecutive ALCS appearance and will face the Boston Red Sox next. Game 1 of this best-of-seven series begins on Friday, October 15th at Astros’ home, the Minute Maid Park.
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