September 17, 2021

‘We had to stop the bleeding’: Astros officially arrive at the World Series (The Athletic)

WASHINGTON — Roberto Osuna, the Astros closer, fired the final pitch of the night to Juan Soto, the Nationals phenom who can change a game on one swing. The crowd fell into a brief silence, their view obscured by hope. But that hope was extinguished by a 99 mph fastball, a called third strike, that officially heralded the Astros’ arrival at the World Series.

Osuna let loose in celebration, his arms outstretched on the mound, the final act of a 4-1 triumph that spoiled for this city the first World Series game it has hosted since 1933.

For the Astros, victory provided salvation from a nightmare scenario. They had been outplayed in the first two games of the series, both at home, and another loss would have sent them into a nearly insurmountable 3-0 deficit. Instead, the Astros won the kind of workmanlike game that might have been indistinguishable during a campaign that saw 107 of them. But those wins are invaluable at a time when each one is a step toward a…

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