Rookie Luis García and Yordan Álvarez, ‘they were incredible’ says Yuli Gurriel

Rookie Luis García and Yordan Álvarez, 'they were incredible' says Yuli Gurriel

HOUSTON – Few believed he was going to do it, least of all the way he did. But rookie Luis Garcia offered a pitching chair that guided his Houston Astros to the World Series.

The Venezuelan pitcher reached the sixth inning without a hit and only with a walk that had broken the perfect game. In the end, in that sixth chapter Enrique Hernández hit a triple and Astros manager, Dusty Baker, avoided any mistake or surprise and decided to take it out.

The Astros defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-0 on Friday to advance to their third Fall Classic in the past five years. The series ended 4-2.

It was the epilogue of a pitcher who was able to bounce back from two previous terrible appearances in the postseason, which included a one-inning, five-run allowed start in Game 2 of this same championship series, to take the league’s coronation game. American with a one-hitter in 5 2/3 innings.

“I never imagined that all this could happen to me,” Garcia said after the game. “The first outing was horrible, the knee injury came … But today I felt very good. I am happy and I thank God that he gave me the opportunity to get ahead today and work for my teammates.”

Garcia’s start was also the summary of the comeback in a series that after Game 3 seemed settled, but that from the ninth inning of Game 4, Houston seemed to turn on all its engines to pass the Red Sox in all aspects of the game. I play and never turn back.

Before Garcia, his colleague Framber Valdez worked eight full innings with just 93 pitches and even the relief began to lift in front of the Red Sox, which the world fell on them.

“These two guys were amazing,” said first baseman Yuli Gurriel. “They gave us what we needed when it was most urgent, starting pitching. But in reality this team never lost confidence. It was always calm, even though almost everyone called us out after that Game 3 in Boston.”

“But we all know what we have in the clubhouse,” he added. “That’s why we didn’t really care. We knew we were going to start hitting at some point and the guys were going to pitch like they have all season.”

Gurriel was one of those who never stopped hitting; he hit .455 in the series with six RBIs. Houston won the last three games with a combined score of 23-3.
His Cuban compatriot Yordan Álvarez did not stop batting either. He became a locomotive in the batting box.

On Friday he finished with four hits, including three doubles and a triple, in as many chances; produced one run and scored another two. Two days earlier, he had three hits in five at-bats, including a home run and three RBIs.

In the end and deservedly he was decorated as the Most Valuable Player of the Championship Series, which finished with a batting average of .600.

“This is not over yet,” said Álvarez, 24. “We want to win it all. We have the talent here and we can do it.”

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