José Altuve Sends Astros to the World Series with Walk-Off Homer

The Astro was named ALCS MVP for his late-inning heroics

Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros is congratulated by his teammate Justin Verlander following his ninth inning walk-off two-run home run to defeat the New York Yankees 6-4 in game six of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 19, 2019 in Houston, Texas. The Astros defeated the Yankees 6-4. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros is congratulated by his teammate Justin Verlander following his ninth inning walk-off two-run home run to defeat the New York Yankees 6-4 in game six of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 19, 2019 in Houston, Texas. The Astros defeated the Yankees 6-4. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
By Bonnie Stiernberg / October 20, 2019 7:19 am

The final inning of Game 6 of the ALCS was a wild one, with the Yankees tying the game in the top of the ninth thanks to a two-run blast from DJ LeMahieu off of Roberto Osuna. But, just when it seemed like extra innings were imminent, Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman couldn’t get it done; after securing two outs, he gave up a 407-foot home run to José Altuve, ending the game and sending the Astros to the World Series to face the Washington Nationals.

After Chapman fell behind to Altuve 2-0, the Astros had no doubt that their second baseman would get ahold of one. “I was sitting on the stairs and I looked at Mike [Brantley] after the 2-0 pitch and I said ‘José’s gonna win this for us,'” Josh Reddick said after the game.

“I wasn’t trying to hit a homer,” Altuve said. “I was just thinking to hit the ball hard, get on base and keep the momentum. Thank god the ball went out.”

The two-run walk-off homer put an abrupt end to the Yankees’ season, as the American League East champs fell 6-4. “Sports can be a little bit cruel for the team that goes home,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“You’ve got to win in October,” outfielder Brett Gardner told reporters. “Obviously, we’ve got a long time to think about that before another October rolls around.”

The Astros will take on the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday (10/22).

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