The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Houston Astros 4-2 in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series and are headed to the World Series for the first time since 2008.
In a bit of irony and poetic justice, the pitcher that secured the victory for the Rays, Charlie Morton, was the pitcher who sealed the World Series victory for the 2017 Houston Astros—the team that cheated to win the World Series by illegally recording their opponents and stealing signs.
While many baseball fans believe that justice was never served and that the Astros were not properly punished for the cheating scandal, at least they won’t be in the World Series this year, despite their impressive offseason run.
The Astros were a sub-.500 team going into the playoffs and were missing their star pitcher Justin Verlander. They were down 3-0 in the ALCS to the Rays and won three in a row before losing Game 7.
The Rays were once again led by their incredible rookie Randy Arozarena, who hit a two-run home run in the first to give the Rays an early lead. Arozarena now has seven home runs this postseason, which is the most ever by a rookie.