The Houston Astros were able to advance right into their fifth consecutive American League Championship Series on Tuesday after defeating the Chicago White Sox in 10-1 victory in Game 4 of their best-of-five division series.
They became the third team to appear in five straight league championship series, also becoming the first team to achieve this feat since the Atlanta Braves reached eight straight from 1991 to 1999.
Astros ace Lance McCullers Jr. was instrumental for the team once more as he kept the White Sox's offense in check, leaving just one solo home run to get past him in the second inning by Gavin Sheets.
However, McCullers didn't finish the game with his team in Chicago due to the tightness of his right forearm after four innings. His availability for the ALCS remains cloudy for the team.
"I just started getting tight at the beginning of the [fourth] inning," McCullers said via best usa casinos. "I got out of it.
"We'll see how I feel moving forward."
Dusty Baker, the Astros head coach, was forced to pull McCullers out of the game after only 73 pitches. Baker said: "That was disheartening news to me when the trainer came over and said that we got to take him out of the game.
"Lance is a warrior, and for him to come out of a game of that magnitude, you know it had to be something, and we tried to stop it before it got serious. He is being evaluated now."
Jose Altuve had to seal the series with a three-run homer off Chicago Red Sox ace Liam Hendriks in the ninth. Having won the series, Correa said: "It's really special. I will never take these moments for granted, and I'm going to enjoy it with my teammates as much as I can. This is a special team, special organization."
During the game, warnings were handed over to both teams after Astros reliever Kendall Graveman hit White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu in the bottom of the eighth. White Sox manager Tony La Russa, on the other hand, was convinced that the Astros ace hit his player intentionally and made his case known to the officials during the game and postgame.
"It will be a good test of the character and credibility of the winning team because it was intentional," La Russa said to the media via best online casino Australia. "Catcher kept looking in the dugout, so they did hit him intentionally.
"I'll be really curious. They should have the guts to admit that they did it."
When La Russa's comment was brought to his attention, Astros manager Baker rejected the idea of his player doing it intentionally.
"I beg to differ with Tony," Baker said. "There was no intent, and there was no reason to do that. Zero."
The Houston Astros will be looking to claim their second championship - having won it back in 2018 - as they will facing off against their former bench coach Alex Core and the Boston Red Sox on Friday in Houston for Game 1 of the ALCS. The Red Sox secured victory after eliminating Tampa Bay Rays in a 6-5 victory in Game 4 on Monday night.