ALDS II Game 4 José Altuve

American League Division Series II – October 7-13, 2021

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American League Division Series II

Houston Astros (2 – 95-67, .586) vs.
Chicago White Sox (3 – 93-69, .574)
Best-of-Five Series

Astros win series 3-1,
advance to their fifth consecutive ALCS


➤ This is Yasmani Grandal’s seventh straight postseason.

➤ Coming into the series, Dusty Baker (72) and Tony La Russa (77) have faced off as managers in 208 regular season games. Each has won exactly half, 104 games. This is the first time they have managed against each other in the postseason.

These Baseball Frenemies Have Met Over 200 Times. But Rarely Like This. (New York Times, October 7, 2021)

Tony La Russa on Astros matchup and Abreu’s health

Tim Anderson on the postseason

Yaz on Astros matchup

Liam Hendriks on regular season and ALDS

Dusty Baker on Astros success and ALDS

MLB Tonight covers fifty years of La Russa and Baker


Pitchers: Aaron Bummer, Dylan Cease, Garrett Crochet, Lucas Giolito, Liam Hendriks, Craig Kimbrel, Michael Kopech, Reynaldo López, Lance Lynn, Carlos Rodón, José Ruiz, Ryan Tepera. Catchers: Zack Collins, Yasmani Grandal. Infielders: José Abreu, Tim Anderson, Leury García, César Hernández, Danny Mendick, Yoán Moncada, Gavin Sheets. Outfielders: Adam Engel, Billy Hamilton, Eloy Jiménez, Luis Robert, Andrew Vaughn. COVID-19 Taxi Squad: IF Jake Burger, P Ryan Burr, P Matt Foster, P Jace Fry, IF Romy González, OF Brian Goodwin, P Dallas Keuchel, P Evan Marshall, C Seby Zavala.


Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 3:07 pm CDT
Minute Maid Park
White Sox / Lance Lynn, RHP at
Astros / Lance McCullers, Jr., RHP
On FS1 and MLB Network

White Sox 1Astros 6
WP: Lance McCullers, Jr. (1-0, 0.00) | LP: Lance Lynn (0-1, 12.27)
MLB Headline:
McCullers, Astros follow blueprint for a ‘W’
White Sox Postseason: 0-1 (.000), L1

First Pitch: 3:09 PM CDT | Time: 3 hours 34 minutes | Attendance: 40,497


Lance Lynn on starting Game 1

Lance McCullers previews Game 1 start


White SoxAstros
1Tim Anderson, SSJosé Altuve, 2B
2Yoán Moncada, 3BMichael Brantley, LF
3José Abreu, DHAlex Bregman, 3B
4Yasmani Grandal, CYordan Álvarez, DH
5Luis Robert, CFYuli Gurriel, 1B
6Eloy Jiménez, LFCarlos Correa, SS
7Gavin Sheets, 1BKyle Tucker, RF
8Adam Engel, RFJake Meyers, CF
9Leury Garcia, 2BMartín Maldonado, C


Lance Lynn throws 74 fastballs, out of 76 total pitches, to the best fastball-hitting lineup in the American League. It simply did not work. He gives up 5 R/ER on 6 H (2 BB, 4SO) in 3⅔ IP. In the 2nd, Lynn issues a lead-off walk to Yordan Álvarez, who scores on a Jake Meyers (major league debut 08/01/2021) RBI 1B. He throws another lead-off walk, in the 3rd, to José Altuve, who scores on an Alex Bregman RBI FC—with a risky, dramatic slide around the tag while reaching back to touch the dish. Also in the 3rd, Alex Bregman scores on a Yordan Álvarez RBI 2B. In the 4th, a Michael Brantley 2-RBI 1B scores Jake Meyers (singled) and José Altuve (doubled). Yordan Álvarez tops it all off with a solo shot, in the 5th. Astros starter Lance McCullers, Jr. was dominant and in full command of his stuff, shutting out the Sox through 6⅔ (4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO). José Abreu knocks in the Sox only run, scoring Tim Anderson (singled, advanced to 2B on a Yoán Moncada walk) on an RBI 1B, in the 8th. Watch game highlights from

La Russa on Game 1 loss

Lance Lynn and José Abreu on Game 1 loss

Dusty Baker on Astros win

Lance McCullers on his dominant win


Friday, October 8, 2021 at 1:07 pm CDT
Minute Maid Park
White Sox / Lucas Giolito, RHP at
Astros / Framber Valdez, LHP
On FS1 and MLB Network

White Sox 4Astros 9
WP: Ryne Stanek (1-0, 0.00) | LP: Aaron Bummer (0-1, 81.00)
MLB Headline:
‘Big-inning team’: 5-run 7th has Astros up 2-0
White Sox Postseason: 0-2 (.000), L2

First Pitch: 1:09 PM CDT | Time: 3 hours 52 minutes | Attendance: 41,315


Lucas Giolito on Starting Game 2

Framber Valdez on Game 2 start


White SoxAstros
1Tim Anderson, SSJosé Altuve, 2B
2Luis Robert, CFMichael Brantley, DH
3José Abreu, 1BAlex Bregman, 3B
4Yasmani Grandal, CYordan Álvarez, LF
5Eloy Jiménez, LFYuli Gurriel, 1B
6Yoán Moncada, 3BCarlos Correa, SS
7Andrew Vaughn, DHKyle Tucker, RF
8Leury Garcia, 2B, RF (7th)Chas McCormick, CF
–Jake Meyers, CF (8th)
9Adam Engel, RF
–César Hernández, PH–2B (7th)
Martín Maldonado, C


The Sox come out fighting in the 1st, with an Eloy Jiménez FC that scores Luis Robert (singled, advanced to 2B on José Abreu 1B, advanced to 3B on Yasmani Grandal HBP). In the 5th, a Luis Robert 110.3 MPH RBI 1B scores Leury García (singled, advanced to 2B on Tim Anderson 1B), a José Abreu 1B scores Anderson (advanced to 3B on Robert 1B), and a Yasmani Grandal sac fly scores Robert (advanced to 2B on Abreu 1B, advanced to 3B on WP by Astros reliever Yimi Garcia). Lucas Giolito starts out strong, striking out three (all Ks) in the 1st, but struggles unsuccessfully to throw another clean inning. La Russa pulls him when he walks two in the 5th (3 H, 2 R/ER, 5 BB, 4 SO in 4⅓ IP), sending in Garrett Crochet, who walks a third to load the bases. Then Yuli Gurriel’s first hit of the series (1B) ties the game at 4. All four of Houston’s runs scored through the 5th reach on walks. Crochet closes out the inning on a 5-3 DP. The Astros break it wide open in the 7th. Aaron Bummer goes 1B (Altuve), K (Brantley), RBI 1B (Álvarez). Craig Kimbrel, who had been nearly unstoppable for the Cubs, but has been lousy for the White Sox, takes over. After retiring Gurriel (LO), he allows both inherited runners to score on a Carlos Correa 2-RBI double. Then Kyle Tucker slams a 2-run HR, making it 9-4 Astros. With the damage done, a Chas McCormick PO ends the inning. Liam Hendriks pitches a 1-2-3 8th inning (2 SO). In the 9th, a Luis Robert GO advances César Hernández (walked) and Tim Anderson (singled) to scoring position. But Kendall Graveman dashes their hopes, striking out José Abreu (swinging) on three pitches, and retiring Yasmani Grandal (FO). All 18 of the Sox hits in the first two games have been singles. Here’s hoping that the hometown crowd will bring these White Sox to life in Games 3 and 4. With 13 hits in 5 consecutive postseason games, Tim Anderson ties the MLB record he now shares with Hideki Matsui (2004), Fernando Viña (2001-02), and Will Clark (1989). TA is the *first* player to accomplish this in his *first* 5 postseason games. Watch game highlights from

Tony La Russa on Game 2 loss

Tim Anderson and Lucas Giolito on Game 2 loss

Dusty Baker on Astros Game 2 victory


Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 7:07 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Astros / Luis Garcia, RHP at
White Sox / Dylan Cease, RHP
On FS1 and MLB Network

Astros 6White Sox 12
WP: Michael Kopech (1-0, 11.57) | LP: Yimi García (0-1, 36.00)
MLB Headline:
Sox ROAR back for raucous fans, force Game 4
White Sox Postseason: 1-2 (.333), W1

First Pitch: 7:08 PM CDT | Time: 4 hours 27 minutes | Attendance: 40,288


Dylan Cease on getting the Game 3 start

Tony La Russa on Game 3 and Dylan Cease

Rodón on possible Game 4 start—here’s hoping, Carlos!

Luis Robert looks ahead to Game 3

Luis Garcia on starting Game 3

Dusty Baker on Game 3 prep


White SoxAstros
1Tim Anderson, SSJosé Altuve, 2B
2Luis Robert, CFMichael Brantley, LF
3José Abreu, 1BAlex Bregman, 3B
4Yasmani Grandal, CYordan Álvarez, DH
5Eloy Jiménez, LF
–Adam Engel, RF (9th)
Carlos Correa, SS
6Yoán Moncada, 3BKyle Tucker, RF
7Gavin Sheets, DH
–Andrew Vaughn, PH–DH (8th)
Yuli Gurriel, 1B
8Leury Garcia, RF, LF (9th)Jake Meyers, CF
–Aledmys Díaz, PH (9th)
9César Hernández, 2BMartín Maldonado, C
–Jason Castro, PH (9th)

Dylan Cease starts off in command with a FO, GO, K 1st inning, but quickly loses control in the 2nd. In their half of the 1st, the White Sox put up the first run on an Eloy Jiménez RBI 1B that scores Tim Anderson (leadoff 1B, advanced to 2B on a Yasmani Grandal BB). In the 2nd, Cease issues 3 BB and gives up a 2-RBI 2B and an RBI 1B, making it 3-1 Astros. Then he walks José Altuve. Tony La Russa pulls Cease and sends in Michael Kopech, who makes the final out. Sox offense goes K, K, BB, GO. In the 3rd, Kopech gives up a leadoff 1B, then retires the next two (SO, FC). Kyle Tucker slams a 2-run homer off Kopech before he fans Yuli Gurriel, for the third out. It’s 5-1 Astros. The momentum shifts in bottom 3rd. First, Grandal launches a one-out, 2-run HR that scores Luis Robert (walked). 5-3 Astros. Later, Los White Sox take the lead with a 3-run homer off the bat of Leury García, the result of (presumably) the first 3-García at-bat in MLB history—midway through Leury’s at-bat, Astros starter Luis García is replaced by reliever Yimi García. Leury’s two-out slam brings home Yoán Moncada and Gavin Sheets (both singled). It’s 6-5 Sox. All hell breaks loose in the 4th. After striking out the first two, Kopech gives up a BB, a 1B, and an RBI 1B, then strikes out Yordan Álvarez, to tie the game at 6. In bottom 4th, Anderson, Robert, and Abreu knock three 1Bs in a row, scoring Anderson, with Robert and Abreu remaining on the corners with no outs. Sox are on top again, 7-6. Next, a disputed play that royally pissed off Dusty Baker ends with Grandal reaching on a FC (unsuccessful put out at the plate), Robert scoring on an E3 (throw from 1B deflected off the left arm of Grandal running way inside the base line), and Abreu advancing to 3B. It’s 8-6 White Sox. Next, Jiménez RBI 1B brings in Abreu, advancing Grandal to 2B. Sheets 1B loads the bases. García reachs on a FC that cuts down Grandal at home, leaving the bases loaded. But César Hernández grounds out to end the inning. That’s a total of 17 hitters with 10 reaching (both sides) in the 4th. 9-6 White Sox. The Sox bullpen shuts down the Astros, thereafter. Ryan Tepera retires six in a row (3 SO) in the 5th and 6th. Aaron Bummer takes the mound in the 7th and retires five in a row (4 SO). Craig Kimbrel makes the last out (GO on a 1-2 count) to end top 8th. With two outs in bottom 8th, Andrew Vaughn RBI 2B scores Moncada (singled), García RBI 2B scores Vaughn, and Anderson RBI 1B scores García. Liam Hendriks closes with LO, K, SO. Tim Anderson goes 3-for-6. He now holds the record for the most hits (16) in six consecutive postseason games in MLB history. Is that a thing?! José Abreu is HBP for the 22nd time this season.

➤ White Sox pitching strikes out 16 Astros—a White Sox postseason record for strikeouts in a single game, and the most Astros strikeouts in a game this season (a different tally than the 16 consecutive outs made by White Sox pitching, in the 4th–9th – see below).

White Sox seal Game 3 win with 16 consecutive outs

In the words of A.J. Pierzinsky, “I’m not gonna say he did that on purpose, but he did that on purpose… The only thing ‘intentional’ about Grandal’s alleged interference was that he didn’t get out of the way!”

Tony La Russa on Game 3 victory over Astros

Yasmani Grandal, Dylan Cease, and Leury García on Game 3 win

Liam Hendriks on the win

Tim Anderson goes 3-for-6, has 16 hits in 6 consecutive postseason games

Dusty Baker on Astros Game 3 loss


Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 1:07 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Astros / Lance McCullers, Jr., RHP at
White Sox / Carlos Rodón, LHP
On FS1 and MLB Network

Astros 10White Sox 1
WP: Yimi García (1-1, 18.00) | LP: Carlos Rodón (0-1, 6.75)
MLB Headline:
Astros romp way to fifth straight ALCS
White Sox Postseason: 1-3 (.250), L1

First Pitch: 1:08 PM CDT | Time: 4 hours 32 minutes | Attendance: 40,170


➤ Game 4 had been scheduled for Monday, at 2:37 pm CDT, but was postponed due to rain.

Tony La Russa saying things on the day of the rainout

Dusty Baker on the series and the rainout

Astros and White Sox respond to Ryan Tepera’s thinly veiled sign-stealing accusations


White SoxAstros
1Tim Anderson, SSJosé Altuve, 2B
2Yoán Moncada, 3BMichael Brantley, LF
3Luis Robert, CF
–Adam Engel, CF (7th)
Alex Bregman, 3B
4José Abreu, 1BYordan Álvarez, DH
5Yasmani Grandal, CCarlos Correa, SS
6Eloy Jiménez, LFYuli Gurriel, 1B
7Gavin Sheets, DHKyle Tucker, RF
8Leury Garcia, RFJake Meyers, CF
–Chas McCormick, CF (2nd)
9César Hernández, 2BMartín Maldonado, C


Tim Anderson goes 0-for-4, but in Game 3 he set the MLB record for most hits in a 6-game span in the postseason—16.

Astros steal four bases, a club postseason record.

The bad throwing omens begin with the first pitch of the game—José Altuve doubles off Carlos Rodón’s 93 MPH fastball to the center of the zone. Rodón fans the next three (2 K), leaving Altuve stranded. The bad hitting omens begin with Tim Anderson’s flyout off the first pitch from Lance McCullers, an 85 MPH slider. Yoán Moncada singles, then advances to 2B on a Luis Robert GO. José Abreu walks, and Yasmani Grandal strikes out swinging, leaving 2 on. Rodón allows Carlos Correa a leadoff 0-2 single, in the 2nd, then retires the next three—all flyouts. Rookie Gavin Sheets slams a leadoff HR—his first career postseason homer and his third hit in two games. César Hernández walks. Leury García and Anderson K. Sox are ahead 1-0, after two. In the 3rd, Rodón strikes out Martín Maldonado and hits Altuve with a 95 MPH fastball. Michael Brantley flies out. Rodón walks Alex Bregman and Yordan Álvarez, to load the bases. Correa knocks an 0-2, 2-RBI double, scoring Altuve and Bregman. It’s 2-1 Astros. Tony La Russa sends in Michael Kopech, who retires Yuli Gurriel on a 3-2 groundout, stranding Álvarez. In the Sox half, Moncada strikes out swinging, Robert singles, and Abreu grounds into a 6-4-3 double play. In the 4th, Kopech gives up a 3-1 single to Kyle Tucker, who steals 2B and 3B. Chas McCormick grounds out. Maldonado scores Tucker on a 2-2 RBI single. Altuve singles on the first pitch. Garrett Crochet steps in, giving up the two inherited runs on a Bregman 2-RBI double, then fanning 2, leaving Bregman on. 5-1 Astros. Grandal gives the Sox their first leadoff hit, but Jiménez grounds into a 4-6-3 double play. Then Sheets hits a double, García walks, and Hernández strikes out swinging, stranding two. In the 5th, Ryan Tepera throws the White Sox only 1-2-3 inning of the game. Astros reliever Yimi García responds in-kind, retiring Anderson, Moncada, and Robert. Tepera remains in to start the 6th. McCormick singles, then advances to 2B on a Maldonado sac bunt. Altuve pops out. La Russa sends in Aaron Bummer who gives up the inherited run on a Brantley RBI single, and strikes out Bregman. 6-1 Astros. Luis Robert leaves the game with a leg injury. Adam Engle subs in, and the Sox fall to Astros reliever Phil Maton in order—Abreu, Grandal, Jiménez. In the 7th, Bummer allows a Guriel single, walks Correa, and retires three others, stranding two. Hernández knocks a single for the Sox, but Sheets, García, and Anderson go down (Anderson is retired by Ryne Stanek, after Dusty Baker makes a late-inning pitching change). Craig Kimbrel train wrecks in the 8th. Maldonado grounds out, then Altuve singles on a 3-2 count and advances to 2B on an E6. Altuve advances to 3B on a wild pitch, then Brantley gets a 3-1 base hit, scoring Altuve. 7-1 Astros. Brantley steals 2B. Bregman pops out, Álvarez walks, and Correa grounds out, stranding two. Astros reliever Kendall Graveman retires Moncada (FO) and Engel (GO), then hits Abreu on a 3-2 count, sending La Russa into a lengthy tirade, that the Crew Chief graciously endures. Grandal grounds out, stranding Abreu. Not that it would have made any difference if he hadn’t, but to top off the big loss, Liam Hendriks bombs. Gurriel singles off his first pitch. Tucker reaches on a 2-2 fielder’s choice (Guriel is out at 2B). Hendriks walks McCormick and strikes out Maldonado, before Altuve smashes a 3-run homer off the first pitch—the 19th postseason HR of Altuve’s career, tying him for 4th of all time. Brantley singles on a 1-0 count. Hendriks strikes out Bregman, stranding Brantley. With Ryan Presley closing for the Astros, the Sox pump out a final heartbeat before flatlining—Jiménez singles, Sheets strikes out swinging, García reaches on a fielder’s choice (Jiménez is out at 2B), and César Hernández grounds out. Watch game highlights from

In bottom 8th, with two outs and a win already out of reach, and gentlemanly José Abreu standing calmly on 1B, Tony La Russa has a cow about Abreu’s 23rd HBP of the season.

In the 2nd, Astros center fielder Jake Meyers injures his shoulder jumping at the wall to grab Gavin Sheets’ smash–a move that looks eerily similar to the one that tore Eloy Jiménez’s pectoral in spring training. Meyers leaves the game.

Gavin Sheets and Carlos Rodón on ALDS loss

Tony La Russa post-game presser

Dusty Baker on winning the ALDS

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