Clean Sweep: Astros Send Mariners Packing In Three


Tyson Gagliano, Editor

The Houston Astros completed the 3-0 sweep Saturday, defeating the Mariners 1-0 after a six hour, 18-inning game, advancing to their sixth straight ALCS.

Astro’s rookie shortstop Jeremy Peña put the team on his back Saturday, hitting a solo home-run in the 18th inning to break the scoreless tie.

The game three showdown tied the record for longest playoff game innings wise, and was the third-longest game time wise.

The Astro’s continue their dynasty appearing in yet another ALCS. This marks manager Dusty Baker’s third straight ALCS with the Astros.

The series had a lot to offer, with the Astros coming back from a four-run lead in game one, after Astros left fielder Yordan Alvarez hit a three-run bomb with two outs left in the bottom of the ninth.

Astros pitcher and Cy Young front-runner Justin Verlander struggled in game one, pitching four innings, allowing ten hits, six earned runs while allowing one earned walk and three strikeouts.

“We’re a team, we’re here to win. We won. Obviously, I have to do better next time out,” Verlander said.

Alvarez came in clutch again in game two, hitting a two-run bomb in the sixth to take back the lead after being down 2-1.

“He comes up big. we love having him at the plate. He likes to be in the big moment,” Baker said about Alvarez.

The Astros would bump the lead to two in the 8th with an Alex Bregman single.

Having taken a 2-0 series lead and only a win away from the ALCS, the ‘Stros traveled to Seattle for game three.

Game three was a hitter’s nightmare, as the Astros and Mariners went scoreless for 18 and a half innings.

Astro’s starting pitcher Lance Mcullers Jr. pitched a gem, going six innings while allowing only two hits and seven strikeouts.

Following Mcullers Jr. coming out of the game, the Astros would end up using seven other pitchers, with Luis Garcia coming in clutch in extra innings.

He finished his night with five innings pitched, with six strikeouts while only giving up two hits.

The ‘Stros would finally end it in the bottom of the 18th thanks to Jeremy Peña, giving Houston the 3-0 sweep.

“You could tell by his brightness in his eyes and his alertness on the field that he wasn’t scared and he wasn’t fazed by this,” Baker said.

Despite the struggling from second baseman José Altuve, who went 0-16 in the series, The clutch plays from Alvarez and Peńa time and time again helped Houston come out on top.

The Astros will now take on the New York Yankees in the ALCS, with game one being Wednesday.

Houston looks to advance to their fourth World Series in five years.