For the second straight season, the Astros will represent the American League in the World Series.
The Astros swept the Yankees in the 2022 ALCS to win their fourth pennant in six years. And for the second year in a row, they’re going up against an NL East team that has gotten hot at the right time in the Phillies.
After a lengthy rain delay Sunday, Game 4 got off to an inauspicious start for Houston. The Yankees jumped out in front with two runs in the first inning and another one in the second.
In the third, however, ALCS MVP Jeremy Peña broke the seal for Houston with a three-run home run off Nestor Cortes following a pair of walks.
The Yankees, to their credit, came back. After Anthony Rizzo had his second RBI of the game in the fourth, Harrison Bader gave New York the lead with a home run in the sixth. It wouldn’t last long, however, as Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman drove in runs in the top of the seventh to give the Astros the lead for good, 6-5.
The Astros were just the better team in this series, and it felt that way throughout.