The Washington Nationals’ opponents for the 2019 World Series have officially been confirmed after the heroics of Jose Altuve in the bottom of the ninth inning on Saturday night. Altuve, at the plate facing New York Yankees’ closer Aroldis Chapman with the score at 4-4, waited until Chapman hung up breaking ball over the outer part of the plate.
That pitch ended up over the left-field fence, resulting in a walk-off two-run bomb that handed the Astros a 6-4 win in Game 6. All of that came after the Astros had looked like they were going to easily win it. They had a three run lead thanks to Yuli Gurriel’s first inning homer, yet the Yankees stayed in it. Eventually, heading into the ninth, the Astros held a two-run lead. But DJ LeMahieu, ever the clutch hitter for the Bronx Bombers, came up huge with a two-run shot to extend it. Only for a while, though, as Altuve had different plans. He was named MVP as a result of his play, which included two home runs in the series, three RBI’s, and six runs scored. The Nationals will now travel to Houston on Tuesday to begin the World Series in what should be fantastic series for pitching match ups.