The Chicago White Sox’ 2021 season came to an end Tuesday afternoon, with more of a whimper than a bang, as the Houston Astros took them down, 10-to-1, to win the best of five American League Division Series in four games.
Gavin Sheets put the Sox ahead in the second inning with a solo homer, but that was all they could muster against Astros starter Lance McCullers Junior and four relievers.
The Astros are on to the American League Championship Series starting Friday night in Houston against the Boston Red Sox.
In Atlanta, the Braves also closed out their playoff series Tuesday, edging the Milwaukee Brewers 5-to-4 to take that best of five series in four games.
Freddie Freeman hit the go ahead (and winning) home run in the 8th off Brewers closer Josh Hader.
The next challenge will be tougher: the winner of the Dodgers-Giants division series takes on the Braves starting Saturday.
The Dodgers downed the Giants Tuesday night 7-to-2, tieing the best of five series at two games apiece.
Game five is Thursday night in San Francisco.