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October 22 - This Date in Astros History
October 22 - This Date in Astros History
October 22

2005 - In the first World Series game of their 43-year history, 43-year-old Roger Clemens starts for the Astros but lasts only two innings in a 5-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Clemens' hamstring tightens in the 50-degree weather. Mike Lamb homers and Lance Berkman spanks a two-run double to highlight the Houston attack . Jermaine Dye and Joe Crede go deep for the Sox. On two occassions, speedy Willy Taveras leads off an inning with an extra-base hit but the heart of the Astros lineup cannot drive him in.
1969 - Astros sell pitcher Danny Coombs to San Diego. After bouncing between the minors and Houston for seven seasons, the lefthander leaves with an 8-7 mark and two saves in 90 appearances.
1964 - Gerald Young is born in Tela, Honduras. The swift outfielder batted .246, scored 249 runs and stole 153 bases over parts of six seasons in Houston. His best comes in 1988 when he swipes a team-high 65 bases to go with a .257 average.
1956 - Frank DiPino is born in Syracuse, NY. The lefthanded reliever wins 13 games and saves 43 for the Astros in a five-year stretch. His top season was in 1983 when he won three and saved 20 with a 2.65 ERA in 53 appearances.
1916 - Harry "The Hat" Walker is born in Pascagoula, MS. The 1947 N.L. batting champ manages the Astros from 1969 to 1972 and skippers both the team's first non-losing season and the team's first winning season. He passed away in 1999 after many years as a college coach in Birmingham, AL.

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Date      Opp      Result
9/01      off        --
9/02      NYM*    W 12-8
9/02      NYM      W 4-1
9/03      NYM*     W 8-6
9/04     @SEA      W 6-2
9/05     @SEA      W 3-1
9/06     @SEA      W 5-3
9/07      off        --
9/08     @OAK      L 9-8
9/09     @OAK*    L 11-1
9/09     @OAK     L 11-4
9/10     @OAK*    L 10-2
9/11      off        --
9/12     @ANA      W 1-0
9/13     @ANA      L 9-1
9/14     @ANA      W 5-2
9/15      SEA      W 5-2
9/16      SEA*     W 8-6
9/17      SEA*     W 7-1
9/18      off        --
9/19      CSX      W 3-1
9/20      CSX      W 4-3
9/21      CSX      L 3-1
9/22      ANA      W 3-0
9/23      ANA      W 6-2
9/24      ANA      L 7-5
9/25     @TEX     W 11-2
9/26     @TEX     W 14-3
9/27     @TEX*    W 12-2
9/28     @BOS     W 12-2
9/29     @BOS      W 3-2
9/30     @BOS      L 6-3
10/1     @BOS*     W 4-3
10/2      off        --
10/3      off        --
10/4      off        --
10/5      BOS*     W 8-2
10/6      BOS*     W 8-2
10/7      off        --
10/8     @BOS*    L 10-3
10/9     @BOS*     W 5-4
10/10     off        --
10/11     off        --
10/12     off        --
10/13     NYY      W 2-1
10/14     NYY*     W 2-1
10/15     off        --
10/16    @NYY      L 8-1
10/17    @NYY*     L 6-4
10/18    @NYY*     L 5-0
10/19     off        --
10/20     NYY      W 7-1
10/21     NYY      W 4-0
10/22     off        --
10/23     off        --
10/24    @LA        ----
10/25    @LA        ----
* - day game.

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Houston Astros recap - 10/22/17 - Morton, McCullers Blank Yanks, Reach World Series
Morton, McCullers Blank Yanks, Reach World Series
Gattis, Altuve Start 4-0 Party With Homers

Altuve is carried off the field
(c) Associated Press
The Houston Astros Have a record that may never be matched - the only franchise to win a league championship in both leagues. Yes, the Houston Astros, who won an NL pennant only once in their first 43 years, took only five years to master the American League. With Saturday night's 4-0 whitewash of the Yankees, the Astros won their first A.L.C.S. and now advance to the World Series to face an old nemesis.

Neither the Arizona Diamondbacks nor the Chicago Cubs gave the Los Angeles Dodgers much to stress over, meanwhile the Astros are now pressure-tested. We'll see how that dynamic affects the Fall Classic which begins Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Most handicappers gave New York the advantage in Game 7 with veteran lefty C.C. Sabathia, 10-0 in games after Yankee losses, on the mound. Houston went with Charlie Morton who lost to Sabathia in Game 3. The Astros put runners on in the first three innings but failed to score.

In the fourth, Evan Gattis fouled off three straight pitches then hammered a slider over the yellow stripe in left for a solo homer to give Houston the lead. Sabathia was pulled with two on in the fourth before Tommy Kahnle coaxed a double play grounder from George Springer.

In the fifth, Morton got into a jam that started when Greg Bird doubled. He advanced to third on a wild pitch. With one out, Todd Frazier tapped to third baseman Alex Bregman who threw home and nailed Bird in a bang-bang collision at the plate with Brian McCann. Morton retired Chase Headley to keep the shutout intact.

Morton got the Game 7 victory with five innings of two-hit shutout ball with one walk and five strikeouts.

With one out in the home half of the fifth, Jose Altuve launched a homer into the right field seats, just beyond the reach of Aaron Judge who had taken a similar hit away from Yuli Gurriel in the second.

Carlos Correa and Gurriel both singled to keep the rally going. After Gattis whiffed, McCann yanked a double into the right field corner that upped the lead to 4-0. Fans sensed the night would be theirs.

Still, there was the shaky bullpen to consider and the Game 4 meltdown that turned a 4-0 lead into a 6-4 loss. Houston sports fans remember this and a dozen other times a Houston club lost when victory seemed right in their grasp.

Manager A.J. Hinch turned to Game 4 victim Lance McCullers to get through the middle innings. After an easy sixth, McCullers seemed to lose some poise in the seventh before gathering himself and shutting the Yankees down. His curve worked so well that Hinch eschewed turning the game over to Will Harris or Ken Giles and just let McCullers close for himself, notching the first save of his big league career.

McCullers whiffed the first two Yankees in the ninth and when Bird lifted a high fly to center that nestled gently into Springer's mitt for the final out, pandemonium ensued.

Basically, Game 7 was an artistic success for the Astros. They made every play they needed to in the field, came up with every big pitch and worked the counts to their advantage at the plate. The Yankees' season ended with just three hits on the night while striking out eleven times.

Justin Verlander, who was the winning pitcher of Games 2 and 6, was named the A.L.C.S. Most Valuable Player.

The team and their city have two days to celebrate before the first pitch in LaLaLand commences. The first order of business is to win a World Series game, something the 2005 squad could not do. Then, hopefully, they will bring home the first Worlds Championship on Texas soil. It won't be easy. The Dodgers never are. But with so many starting pitchers seemingly firing on all cylinders, Houston has a chance and a chance is all they ask.

- Bob Hulsey

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Morton, McCullers Blank Yanks, Reach World Series
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Verlander has been what Astros expected in big moments - New York Daily News
Astros keep fans on edge of their seats in Game 6 - Houston Chronicle
Keuchel to be available out of bullpen for Game 7 - ESPN
Can Yankees overcome Astros' Minute Maid magic in Game 7? - USA Today
Astros awake from slumber to rout Yankees 7-1 - Los Angeles Times
Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7 of ALCS - Associated Press
Recalling a long, underrated list of Astros playoff meltdowns - New York Post
Game 6 reminds Astros fans of painful 1986 NLCS memories - Houston Chronicle
Just how improbable is Astros' hitting slump? Really improbable - Sporting News
Astros go with Morton for decisive showdown - Astros.com
Game 7 is where legends are born - Astros.com
Verlander superb for 7! NYY-HOU G7 tonight - Astros.com
Astros feel the love for newest ace - Astros.com
McCann, Altuve awaken Astros' offense - Astros.com
Springer's catch robbed Frazier, saved Astros - Astros.com
Clyde Drexler's Astros first pitch misses wide - Houston Chronicle
Superstitious actor Eric Ladin brings blindfold to Astros game - Houston Chronicle
Astros fans get MMP rocking - Houston Chronicle
Kate Upton cheers on Astros, Justin Verlander - Houston Chronicle
Twitter celebrates Astros' clutch 7-1 win - Houston Chronicle
Astros beat Yankees to force winner-take-all ALCS Game 7 - Houston Chronicle
Ticket prices for Astros-Yankees Game 7 skyrocket - Houston Chronicle
Springer's leaping grab helps secure resilient Astros win - Houston Chronicle
McCann kick-starts offensive rebound for Astros - Houston Chronicle
Astros entrust Charlie Morton with Game 7 start - Houston Chronicle
Astros Rebound To Force Game 7
- Astros Daily
Losing ALCS would leave lasting scar for Astros - Houston Chronicle
Debilitating disease no deterrent for dedicated Astros fan - Houston Chronicle
Hey Astros, maybe it's just the Yankees' year - Asbury Park Press
No reason to panic, Beltran tells his Astros teammates - Los Angeles Times
Yankees fans apparently chanted ‘Hurricane Harvey’ at Astros fans in Yankee Stadium - Total Pro Sports
Astros need a gem from Verlander - Associated Press
Verlander tasked with icing Yankees again to save Astros' season - NorthJersey.com
This just in ... Verlander must win - Astros.com
Cora in mix for Sox manager, but no decision - Astros.com
Astros can find hope in '04 heartbreak - Astros.com
'True competitor' Verlander set for must-win G6 - Astros.com
Astros happy to return home for crucial G6 - Astros.com
Happy home? Astros can join history with 2 W's - Astros.com
No looking back: Electric MMP awaits - Astros.com
An open letter to the Astros from your fans - Houston Chronicle
Tickets for potential Astros World Series games go on sale at noon - Houston Chronicle
Severino, Yankees geared up for Game 6 vs. Astros - Houston Chronicle
Hinch mum on potential Game 7 starter - Houston Chronicle
Astros have plans for Ric Flair if Yankees series goes to Game 7 - Houston Chronicle
Verlander on Game 6: 'This is why I'm here' - Houston Chronicle
MMP roof set to be closed for Friday's ALCS Game 6 - Houston Chronicle
Beltran’s message to Astros: ‘We can’t feel sorry for ourselves’ - New York Post
Keuchel, Astros admit Yankee Stadium atmosphere rattled them - New York Daily News
Astros return home in unfamiliar position: playing from behind - ESPN
Time running out on Astros if no solution found to team slump - Houston Chronicle
After skipping batting practice, Astros’ offense quieted again - New York Daily News
Keuchel says he let the Astros down - New York Newsday
ALCS Game 5: What the heck happened to the Astros offense? - Yahoo Sports
Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead in ALCS - Associated Press
5 statistics that illustrate the Astros' historic offensive futility - USA Today
Astros' bats continue to lie weirdly, sadly dormant - Deadspin
Cracking Astros should be better than this - Houston Chronicle
Yankees blank Astros, take 3-2 series lead back to Houston - Yahoo Sports
Yankees crush Astros to take lead in ALCS - Toronto Sun
Yankees rotation doing the unthinkable against the Astros - New York Post
Three takeaways from Yankees' ALCS Game 5 win over Astros - Sporting News
Yankees are one win from World Series after beating Astros 5-0 in Game 5 of ALCS - Los Angeles Times
Tanaka dominates Astros as Yankees win Game 5, close in on World Series berth - New York Newsday
Statcast offers optimism for Houston's offense - Astros.com
Astros, Yanks perfect at home this postseason - Astros.com
'True competitor' Verlander set for must-win G6 - Astros.com
Keuchel makes history, but Yankees solve him - Astros.com
Hinch confident as Astros head home - Astros.com
Hinch: Astros will be 'ready to play' on Friday - Astros.com
Astros blanked in NY, head home for Game 6 - Astros.com
McCullers had to dig around mound looking for diamonds from his necklace - Houston Chronicle
Astros on brink of elimination after being shut out by Yankees - Houston Chronicle
Twitter reacts to Astros' disappointing 5-0 defeat - Houston Chronicle
Keuchel struggles at inopportune time for Astros - Houston Chronicle
Tanaka, Yanks Silence Astros, 5-0; Take ALCS Command
- Astros Daily
Holding out for a hero - Baseball Propectus
Astros reflect on crushing Game 4 loss - ESPN
Are suddenly vulnerable Astros headed for another playoff collapse? - USA Today
Astros eye Keuchel to slow down Yanks - Associated Press
Astros' bullpen falls apart in Game 4 loss to Yankees - New York Newsday
Astros’ bullpen has been dropping the ball in the postseason - NBC Sports
Yankees rally late to stun Astros, even ALCS 2-2 - USA Today
Watching the Astros from a New York City sports bar - Texas Monthly
Keuchel on Yankee Stadium hate: Bring it on - New York Daily News
Crane pulls in $12.5 million for Pebble Beach mansion - Los Angeles Times
McCullers postseason ready in strong start - Astros.com
Gurriel clears bases with sixth-inning double - Astros.com
Split take: History lesson on 2-2 series - Astros.com
Astros in good spot with co-aces - Astros.com
Astros confident Keuchel will give club 3-2 lead - Astros.com
Hinch breaks down Game 4 'pen decisions - Astros.com
Astros can't hang on against resilient Yanks - Astros.com
Beltran, McCann return to Astros' lineup in Game 4 - Houston Chronicle
Keuchel, Tanaka set for rematch in Game 5 - Houston Chronicle
Memes roast Astros after unexpected loss to Yankees - Houston Chronicle
Astros' bullpen meltdown vs. Yankees leaves ALCS tied at 2 - Houston Chronicle
Add Game 4 to Astros' long list of crushing playoff losses - Houston Chronicle
Astros' offense continues to struggle in Game 4 - Houston Chronicle
Bullpen Squanders Great Start, Yanks Even ALCS
- Astros Daily
Astros outfielder tries to explain inexplicable fly ball miss - New York Post
Red-hot Aaron Judge is last thing the Astros want to see - Houston Chronicle
Judge lifts Yankees past Astros - New York Times
Judge, Sabathia help Yankees beat Astros - Associated Press
Lance looks to reclaim first-half form - Astros.com
Astros set to get a break from lefties - Astros.com
Astros turn to McCullers for Game 4 in NY - Astros.com
McHugh saves 'pen with 4 shutout innings - Astros.com
Astros eye big ALCS edge behind McCullers - Astros.com
Astros' ALCS lead trimmed to 2-1 in NY - Astros.com
Gattis, Maybin make first ALCS starts - Houston Chronicle
Cora to reportedly interview for Mets manager job Tuesday - Houston Chronicle
Underwhelming as Yankee, Gray gets Game 4 nod vs. Astros - Houston Chronicle
Judge, Yankees rout Astros to take Game 3 - Houston Chronicle
Sabathia stymies Astros' high-powered offense - Houston Chronicle
McCullers will start Game 4 of ALCS - Houston Chronicle
Yanks Bomb Astros 8-1; McCullers To Start Game 4
- Astros Daily
Yankees look to bounce back against Astros in ALCS - Associated Press
Cora drawing interest from teams seeking manager - Houston Chronicle
The Astros are trying to forget everything that’s gone right - New York Post
Puerto Rican Astros feel impact of hurricanes Harvey and Maria - USA Today
Morton grew up a Yankees fan - Toronto Star
How the Astros went from nowhere to the brink of the World Series - New York Times
Yankees focus on how closely they've played the Astros despite 2-0 ALCS deficit - National Post
Morton puts Morton's Steakhouse rumor to rest - Astros.com
With Astros up 2-0, Morton starts G3 in Bronx - Astros.com
Bullpen fresh after back-to-back deep starts - Astros.com
Astros seek third straight W behind Morton in G3 - Astros.com
Fundamentals boosting Astros - Astros.com
Altuve, Correa pack formidable 1-2 punch - Astros.com
Astros confident with good memories in Bronx - Astros.com
Hinch not yet ready to announce Astros' Game 4 starter - Houston Chronicle
Marisnick progresses to throwing - Houston Chronicle
Astros' bullpen well-rested entering Game 3 - Houston Chronicle
Judge has been exposed in postseason - Houston Chronicle

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