Astros Clinch 2018 AL West Title

 

In baseball, sometimes you do get a little help from your friends, even if they are not acting with the intention of helping you by their accomplishments.

After last night’s 4-1 Astros win over the Blue Jays in Toronto, “one was the onliest number” for a short while, pending the later outcome of the Oakland A’s game with the Mariners in Seattle. That one looked pretty doubtful for quite a while as the A’s got the best of early scoring hammers ~ and even led 8-5 going into the 8th.

That’s when the Mariners put on their A’s-hope spoiler duds in all out earnestness. Two “M” runs in the 8th and 1 in the 9th sent the game into an 8-8 knot and extra innings.

“Pinch-hitter Chris Herrmann’s two-run homer in the 11th inning (then) capped Seattle’s late rally and gave the Mariners a 10-8 win over Oakland. Seattle had overcome the A’s, dropping them  2½ games behind the Yankees for home-field advantage in the Oct. 3 winner-take-all one-and-done matchup of the two wild cards.”

For the full story from this mostly quoted above paragraph from this AP source, click this link to the (Seattle) Columbian story:

https://www.columbian.com/news/2018/sep/26/mariners-beat-as-in-11-innings-giving-astros-al-west-title/

The Astros now take the field today at 3:00 PM for their final game in Toronto as division champs. We presume that they will postpone the champagne part of their celebration until after today’s nw less meaningful game with the Blue Jays.

The Astros now know their post-season match-up in the first round NLDS best 3 of 5 games series. It will be the Cleveland Indians versus the Houston Astros, starting on Friday, October 5th of next week at Minute Maid Park.

Go Astros! Enjoy your four-game season-ending series in Baltimore versus the Orioles, starting tomorrow as you also do all you can to stay healthy and rested for the big push that starts next week!

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AL WEST SCORES, 

Thru Tue., 9/25/18:

Houston 4 – Toronto 1.

Seattle 10 – Oakland 8. (11)

LA Angels 4 – Texas 1.

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AL WEST STANDINGS

Morning of Wed., 9/26/18

TEAMS

WON

LOST

PCT.

GB

*Houston

100

57

.637

 —-

Oakland

95

63

.601

   5.5

Seattle

86

71

.548

 14.0

LA Angels

77

81

.487

 23.5

Texas

66

91

.420

 34.0

# Clinched AL West, 9/26/18.

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

 

 

 

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