The face of cheating.
Booed and jeered mercilessly throughout the three-game series by hostile New York fanatics.
Jose Altuve, unjustly accused* but despised just the same by a crowd that hates him for his crucial role in beating the Yankees in the 2017 ALCS. And hates him for his decisive role in walking them off in the 2019 ALCS.
Jose Altuve, who had gone hitless in the series before this game, much to the delight of a crowd that wanted his head.
But with the Astros down 3-2 and facing the relentless and seemingly invincible Yankee bullpen, it was that same Jose Altuve who put another dagger through the Yankee sense of entitlement yet again.
Sure, Jose got some help today. Like two Yordan solo homers.
And an insurance three-run homer from ...wait for it...Martin Maldonado, (who had three hits)
But it was Jose Altuve, 31 today, who put the go-ahead dagger into the backs of the angry Yankees fans. Once again.
He must be wearing a buzzer.
As expected, Gerrit Cole was ice today. He stopped all the Astros but one. Both Alvarez homers came off Cole and kept the Astros close.
Lance McCullers was again shaky with his command and control. He walked the bases loaded in the first but escaped unscathed. He got a quality start, however, going six innings and allowing three runs on (another) Giancarlo Stanton solo homer, and a two-run shot to Clint Frazier.
Andre Scrubb held the Yankees in the seventh inning, and although he gave up three hits and a run, Ryan Pressly got the save with two innings of work.
The Astros come home tomorrow against the Toronto Blue Jays and the homecoming of George Springer. 7:10 CDT Jose Urquidy takes the mound for the Stros against Ross Stripling.
Box score and videos HERE.
*Tony Adams’ audio evidence indicates that Jose Altuve only heard trash can bangs at 3% of his PAs. And the testimony of other teammates indicates he strongly discouraged teammates from banging when he was at bat.