MLB Sunday Championship Series – Key points, results, takeaways

The 2022 MLB Postseason is down to just two teams after the league’s double-elimination championship series on Sunday.

The Philadelphia Phillies punched their ticket to the World Series — their first since 2009 — in front of a home crowd by defeating the San Diego Padres 4-3 in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Later that night, after a rain delay, the Houston Astros did the same in the Bronx with a sweep of the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.

We’ve got all the action from the big day, from in-game updates to post-game takeaways.

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The Astros win the series, 4-0

The rookie takes home ALCS MVP

Game 4 Takeaway

The Yankees certainly put up a fight, with the teams going back and forth throughout Game 4, but the Houston lineup ultimately won. The Astros saw contributions from all of their stars, with Jose Altuve hitting two hits and two runs, Jeremy Pena hitting a big three-run homer, and Yordan Alvarez hitting two hits — with Alex Bregman, Kyle Tucker and Yuli Gurel all hitting big, too.

Lance McCullers Jr. wasn’t the Astros’ strongest evening, going five innings and allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits, walking one and striking out six. But Houston didn’t need the stronger start — their all-around prowess at the plate proved to be the ultimate difference-maker against New York on Sunday as the Astros headed into a World Series game with the Phillies. – John Lee

Houston completes the sweep

The Astros advanced to their fourth World Series in the past six years.

In this way, the Astros are back on top

New York fouls a field to allow runners on first and second, which Houston capitalizes by scoring two runs and regaining the lead, 6–5.

Harrison Bader hits his fifth HR in qualifying

Rizzo with his second RBI

Anthony Rizzo hits a single to bring the Yankees even with the Astros at 4. He drove in two of New York’s first four innings on the day.

Houston knocking on someone else

Astros erase Yankees lead

Pena tied the game with a three-run home run.

New York adds

Rizzo leads in RBI with a third base line double.

Yankees attack first

New York scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead—the team’s first lead in the ALCS since the second inning of Game 1.

Our picks

Astros 4, Yankees 2: The Yankees season ends on a disappointing and uncompetitive note as the Astros continue their postseason undefeated streak with a solid all-around performance from offense and a solid start from McCullers. – Mine

Astros 7, Yankees 2: It’s not a very analytical process, but the Yankees’ body language was very zombie-like on Saturday. They look finished. Bradford Doolittle

Astros 2, Yankees 1: Not even a Curtis on full rest can stop the juggernaut that is Houston, with McCullers Jr. the latest to silence the New York rackets. – Jeff Bassin

The Phillies won the series 4-1

Harper named the NLCS MVP

Price Harper has a message for the city of Philly:

Harper and actor Miles Teller, a big Phillies fan, celebrate after the game.

Phillies celebrate winning the NL pennant

5 fast food game

Fabulous. Fabulous. Fabulous. Bryce Harper would go to the World Series, and he did so with a memorable run. You could debate whether Robert Suarez or Josh Hader should field Harper with the Padres leading 3-2 and no teams in the bottom of the eighth. Hader’s request for a six-hit might have been asking for a lot considering the Padres would have needed to win two more games. I’m not sure it will matter. This is Harper’s Team, Harper’s Stadium, and definitely Harper’s Postseason. After damaging two two-hit pitches from Suarez, Harper connected at 98 mph and drilled a line into the left center field bleachers for one of the most dramatic plays in Phillies history.

The Phillies signed Harper in 2019 with hopes of a day like this. It took a few years—and it took the Phils extended playoffs until October—but they were here and Harper was the man, the face of the franchise, the face of October. 419 with five home runs, batting 0.907, and sending Citizens Bank Park into a ridiculous crescendo of noise. And remember — after returning from a broken thumb in August, he had suffered a stroke, with just three home runs in 35 games. It’s hot now, however, and it’s cool.

(And no, we’re not going to talk about that single gratuitous sacrifice in the top of the ninth.) – David Schoenefeld

King of Philly with Jaren Blast

Harper gives the Phillies a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth, setting off a frenzy at Citizens Bank Park.

Go-ahead steal for the Padres

Jose Azúcar steals a home run on Seranthony Dominguez’s wild pitch to put the Padres up 3-2.

We have a draw game!

Josh Bell leveled it at 2 with a double.

Wheeler handle

Zach Wheeler beats Manny Machado in his eighth bout.

Soto gets the Padres on the board

Hoskins smashes his fourth homer of the NLCS

Schwarber is there for his teammate

Our picks

Phillies 3, Padres 2: Darvish will heart it but Philadelphia has that look of fate — at least to win an NL pennant. Will survives a tight, low-scoring affair — quite the opposite of Game 4 — and takes the series with a narrow win on Sunday. – Jesse Rogers

Phillies 5, Padres 2: The Phillies are 4-0 at home in the postseason and look like they’re ready to pop some champagne. Wheeler has been terrific in his three starts, and Jose Alvarado and Ceranthoni Dominguez didn’t have to pitch in Game 4 after a little extra workload in Game 3 (61 pitches total), so all is set for the wild celebration at Citizens Bank Park. – Schoenfeld

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