Astros reach 4th straight ALCS
The Astros bashed four more homers into the Dodger Stadium jet stream on Thursday afternoon, including two by Michael Brantley, and stunned the A’s in an 11-6 victory to advance to the AL Championship Series for the fourth year in a row. Game 1 of the ALCS is on Sunday at Petco Park in San Diego against either the Rays or Yankees, whom the Astros eliminated in the ALCS in 2017 and ’19.
“We’re motivated because we want to win, we want to be able to bring another championship to the city of Houston,” said shortstop Carlos Correa, who went 3-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs. “We know what it feels like, so we want to be able to have that feeling once again. … We’re one step closer.”
The Astros joined the 1998-2001 Yankees, 1995-99 Braves and 2011-14 Cardinals as the only teams to reach the League Championship Series four straight years in the Wild Card era.