Turns out the deciding game of one of the most compelling World Series in recent memory was over before it even started.
HOUSTON - Unfolding so spectacularly in real time, it was difficult to determine the precise moment, just what drop-of-the-jaw gem, cemented this as a night of nights in World Series history.
At the most intense time of the season and on baseball’s most visible platform, Yuri Gurriel and the Houston Astros eluded a bullet on Saturday.
As he fell to the dirt, one knee on the mound and his head jolted to left field of a Minute Maid Park that had just erupted, Alex Wood knew.
Say this about the Houston Astros, when they catch a whiff of weakness in an opponent, they know how to deal the killer blow.
They were ridiculed as one of the worst teams in baseball, a franchise on the verge of making 100-loss seasons seem routine.
From L.A. to New York it is a dream matchup for so many in baseball that it has been difficult not to look ahead.
Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making.
Perhaps stubbornly, Joe Girardi says that if his New York Yankees are to go down in this ALCS, they will go down swinging.
Justin Turner hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.
Chris Taylor hit a tie-breaking homer in the sixth inning, Yasiel Puig added a homer and an RBI double to his dynamite post-season, and the Los Angeles Dodgers overcame a short start by Clayton Kershaw for a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night in the NL Championship Series opener.
In one dugout we have the mighty Astros offence, the one that led the major leagues with 896 runs in the regular season.
Any day of the week, any situation, Dallas Keuchel loves facing the New York Yankees.
Didi Gregorius, following in the October footprints left by Derek Jeter, homered twice off Corey Kluber as the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 in Game 5 on Wednesday night to complete their comeback from a 2-0 deficit in the Division Series and dethrone the AL champions.
Luis Severino, Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees are headed back to Cleveland for a decisive Game 5 — thanks to plenty of help from the Indians.
Moments after his go-ahead hit, Anthony Rizzo walked across the infield at frenzied Wrigley Field and shouted “Respect me! Respect me!”
The Houston Astros poured back onto the field after advancing to their first AL Championship Series, posing for pictures with the Green Monster as a backdrop before a few players bellyflopped in the puddles in the infield dirt.
Trevor Bauer chopped slugger Aaron Judge and New York’s other big bats down to size, and Jay Bruce drove in three runs as the Cleveland Indians began chasing their first World Series title in 69 years with a 4-0 win over the Yankees on the Thursday night in the opener of the AL Division Series.
Three bags, four times.