Our Houston Astros have forced Game 7 in the ACLS after falling behind 3-0 (the 4th team in history to reach Game 6).
With McCullers on the mound, the Astros will take on the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 5:37 PM PST with the winner advancing to the 2020 World Series!
With the Game 6 win, the Astros joined the 2004 Red Sox (ALCS vs. Yankees) as the second team in postseason history to reach Game 7.
ALCS Game 6 Summary
Lefty Framber Valdez had an incredible six innings, holding the Tampa Bay Rays to one run. Valdez threw 52 curveballs among his 101 pitches – 15 of which resulted in a swing and miss (the most by a pitcher in a playoff game in the pitch-tracking era starting in 2008). Eight of Valdez’s nine strikeouts came from his curveball (2nd most curveball strikeouts by a pitcher in a postseason game in the pitch-tracking era since 2008).
The Astros offense struck in the fifth inning, including a sac bunt by catcher Martin Maldonado that set up George Springer’s two-run single to right field. Jose Altuve added an RBI double and Carlos Correa barreled an RBI single for a 4-1 lead.
Kyle Tucker crushed a solo home run in the Top 6th and added another RBI in the Top 7th on a sacrifice fly, bringing in Michael Brantley and extending the lead 7-1.
Ryan Pressly relieved Christian Javier in the Bottom 9th striking out his 1st batter and Correa & Altuve connected for a double-play to end the game.
ASTROS VS. RAYS ALCS RESULTS
- Game 1: (L) Astros 1, Rays 2
- Game 2: (L) Astros 2, Rays 4
- Game 3: (L) Astros 2, Rays 5
- Game 4: (W) Astros 4, Rays 3
- Game 5: (W) Astros 4, Rays 3
- Game 6: (W) Astros 7, Rays 4
- Game 7: Saturday, October 17, 2020, 5:37 PM PST
The winner of Game 7 will face the winner of the Dodgers vs. Braves in the 2020 World Series!
Game 7 Details
The Astros will send Lance McCullers Jr. to the mound in Game 7 on Saturday against Tampa Bay’s Charlie Morton, who won Game 7 of the ALCS and Game 7 of the World Series for Houston in 2017.
Baker, plucked away from retirement in California to take over the turbulent Astros waters, is one win away from reaching the World Series for the first time in 18 years.
“We’re not through writing history, and I’m hoping that we can have a happy ending to this historic season and historic year,” he said. “It’s not just this season. This is a heck of a year. This team has battled back, big time. You gotta love this team. Or some people hate this team; but I mean, you at least gotta respect this team. The way that they’ve worked. People have given me a lot of credit. I don’t deserve any of it. They deserve it.” Source MLB