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Heartbreaking Loss for the Astros: Red Sox Advance to the World Series

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It was a heartbreaking loss for the defending champs the Houston Astros as they fell short and lost game 5 against the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on Thursday, October 18. The Red Sox will now advance to this year’s World Series. With a series full of controversial calls and plays, it was a tough matchup for this Texas team.

Both teams came in strong and were equally matched. It was as if the Astros were playing against themselves with both teams having similar strengths in their bullpen. But alas, it was not to be a back-to-back win for Houston as the Red Sox claimed their ALCS win and their 14th pennant in franchise history. The YouTube video from the MLB shows the highlights of game 5.

Video: Youtube/MLB

The Red Sox Manager, Alex Cora, had plenty to celebrate coming back to Minute Maid Park. Cora was the former bench coach for the Astros as they won their pennant last year and now he returns as a rookie manager for the Red Sox, making history by becoming the first manager from Puerto Rico to take a team to the World Series. It was also his 43rd birthday. He received the perfect gift, you might say.

The Astros have nothing to hang their head about as they gave the crowd and the fans everything they had for a season well done! Yes, that controversial fan interference call in game 4 will haunt them for years, but there’s nothing to do except congratulate them for a series they fought for with every pitch, home-run, base hit, and amazing plays they made throughout this series.

This is a young team with a strong leader in AJ Hinch that will come back stronger next year. They will be back in the playoffs and, dare we say, win another future World Series, because like their mantra states, it’s a team that will #NeverSettle.