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October 21 - This Date in Astros History
October 21 - This Date in Astros History
October 21

2017 - In just their fifth year in the American League, the Astros capture the A.L. pennant with a thrilling 4-0 Game Seven shutout over the Yankees. Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combine on a three-hitter. Evan Gattis homered off C.C. Sabathia in the fifth to open the scoring while Jose Altuve went deep the next inning. Houston advances to the World Series for just the second time in franchise history.
2004 - Heartbreak again. Houston owns a 2-1 lead with Roger Clemens on the hill in the decisive Game Seven of the N.L.C.S. but Albert Pujols ties it with a double in the sixth then Scott Rolen unties it on the next pitch with a two-run homer. The Cardinals tack on an insurance run and win the series, 5-2, behind Jeff Suppan. Craig Biggio started the night perfectly with a solo homer . While not as close as the 1980 World Series, the Astros were in sniffing distance of this one before falling short. Still, they could look back on an improbable season that featured an amazing streak to make the playoffs and the first postseason series win in their history.
1960 - Franklin Stubbs is born in Richlands, NC. He might best be remembered in Houston as the answer to the trivia question "Who played first base for the Astros in between Davis and Bagwell?" His lone year in Houston was 1990 when he contributed a .261 average along with a career-best 23 homers and 71 RBIs.
1941 - Ron Davis is born in Roanoke Rapids, NC. The outfielder makes his debut as a 20-year-old with the Colt .45s in 1962 then reappears in 1966 to play as a reserve for three more seasons. Overall, he bats .239 with ten homers while in Houston. He died in Houston just before his 51st birthday in 1992.

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Date      Opp      Result
9/01      TEX      L 6-5
9/02      TEX      W 2-1
9/03      TEX*     W 8-4
9/04     @ANA      L 6-5
9/05     @ANA     L 10-9
9/05     @ANA      L 7-6
9/06     @ANA*     L 9-5
9/07     @OAK      L 6-0
9/08     @OAK*     L 4-2
9/08     @OAK      W 5-4
9/09     @OAK      L 3-2
9/10     @OAK*     L 3-1
9/11      off        --
9/12     @LA       W 7-5
9/13     @LA       L 8-1
9/14      off        --
9/15      TEX      W 4-1
9/16      TEX      L 1-0
9/17      TEX      W 2-1
9/18      ARI      L 6-3
9/19      ARI      W 3-2
9/20      ARI*     W 3-2
9/21     @SEA      L 6-1
9/22     @SEA      W 6-1
9/23     @SEA      L 3-2
9/24     @TEX     W 12-4
9/25     @TEX      L 5-4
9/26     @TEX      L 6-1
9/27     @TEX*     L 8-4
---- first round     --
9/29     @MIN*     W 4-1
9/30     @MIN*     w 3-1
---- ALDS            --
10/5     @OAK*    W 10-5
10/6     @OAK*     W 5-2
10/7     @OAK*     L 9-7
10/8     @OAK*    W 11-6
---- ALCS            --
10/11    @TAM      L 2-1
10/12    @TAM*     L 4-2
10/13    @TAM      L 5-2
10/14    @TAM      W 4-3
10/15    @TAM*     W 4-3
10/16    @TAM      W 7-4
10/17    @TAM      L 4-2

* - day game.

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Houston Astros recap - 10/18/20 - Astros' Saga Finishes In Game 7 Defeat
Astros' Saga Finishes In Game 7 Defeat
Love 'Em Or Hate 'Em, Astros Fought 'Til End

McCullers: Early HR victim
(c) Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle
A pair of early home runs off Lance McCullers staked Tampa Bay to a 3-0 advantage. Charlie Morton and the Rays' bullpen made that stand up for a 4-2 decision, sending Tampa to their first World Series since 2008. Carlos Correa slapped a two-run single in the eighth for the only Houston runs although the Astros outhit the Rays, 7-6, as they had in most of the games of the A.L.C.S.

A tip of the cap is deserved for the Astros who were decimated by injuries in the pitching corps and found answers in some unlikely places yet finished one victory short of returning to the World Series. A team that couldn't muster a winning record still managed to reach just one rung short of the Fall Classic.

A tip of the cap is also deserved for the plucky Rays who compiled the best record in the American League and toppled the hated Yankees without any household names on the roster. They're a worthy champion and will be a solid opponent for either the Braves or the Dodgers in the Series.

Next comes the hard part for Houston. Another winter of free agency while trying to sidestep the luxury cap penalties. Some hard decisions will need to be made regarding George Springer, Michael Brantley and others as they craft a roster for 2021.

The most enjoyable aspect to me was watching so many pitching prospects make big league debuts and demonstrate they have the skills to stick around for awhile, particularly Cristian Javier, Enoli Paredes and Blake Taylor. Framber Valdez and Jose Urquidy also took big leaps forward in their careers.

There will be much more to say in the coming months but, for now, congratulations to both franchises for a memorable A.L.C.S. and good luck going forward.

- Bob Hulsey

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The power of Dusty Baker’s faith - Call to the Pen
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Rays, Astros on historic collision course heading into Game 7 - Sports Illustrated
The Astros didn't get to Game 7 on momentum. And they won't win it with a narrative - Yahoo Sports
Astros aren't anything like '04 Red Sox, even if they come back from down 3-0 in ALCS - Sporting News
Whether Rays like it or not, Valdez has reason to smile - Houston Chronicle
Astros' resilience vs. Rays in ALCS reminiscent of 2004 Red Sox - ESPN
With three wins in a row, Astros even ALCS to force Game 7 against the Rays - USA Today
Springer, Valdez help Astros top Rays, force ALCS Game 7 - Associated Press
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Rays lose to Astros again, and here comes Game 7 - Tampa Bay Times
Astros, MLB’s most dangerous team, almost back in World Series - Houston Chronicle
Bregman, Correa watched 2004 Red Sox highlights as motivation before forcing Game 7 in ALCS - MassLive.com
Astros climb back from 3-0 deficit to force Game 7 - Sports Illustrated
McCullers extols virtues of Maldonado - Houston Chronicle
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Valdez throws Rays a curve (a lot of them) - Astros.com
Game 7! HOU 2nd club to rally from 3-0 hole - Astros.com
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An ALCS comeback from 3-0? Here's why these Astros could do it - ESPN
Correa's walk-off blast a ringing reminder that the Astros are nothing if not competitive - Yahoo Sports
Correa keeps Astros alive - Rotoworld
Correa calls shot before walk-off homer in Game 5 against the Rays - USA Today
The supervillains of the MLB playoffs just won't die - The Ringer
Correa's walk-off homer keeps Astros alive in ALCS vs. Rays - USA Today
Correa's walkoff homer sends Astros to ALCS Game 5 win over Rays - Houston Chronicle
Pitching patchwork key in Game 5 - Houston Chronicle
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Correa's walk-off blast forces game 6 between Astros-Rays - Sports Illustrated
Correa keeps Astros alive, hits walk-off blast in ninth to force Game 6 - Washington Post
Astros hope they can emulate 2004 Red Sox - Houston Chronicle
ALCS Game 5: Correa's walk-off homer saves Astros season - Yahoo Sports
Astros not going away quietly, top Rays 4-3 - Tampa Bay Times
Pettis cleared to attend ALCS Game 5 - Houston Chronicle
Rookie Luis Garcia gets start for Astros in ALCS Game 5 vs. Rays - Houston Chronicle
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