Houston Astros look to join rare company by overcoming 3-0 deficit against Tampa Bay Rays

Written by on October 17, 2020


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The Houston Astros will attempt to be part of uncommon firm Saturday (8:37 p.m. ET, TBS) by successful a postseason collection after overcoming a 3-Zero deficit.

Seemingly on the ropes after being held to 5 whole runs within the opening three video games, the Astros have erupted for 15 runs in three consecutive wins towards the Tampa Bay Rays to force a Game 7 within the American League Championship Sequence. 

If Houston can sustain the momentum, it can be part of 5 different main skilled groups in advancing after as soon as trailing 3-0. It has been executed as soon as in MLB historical past and 4 instances within the NHL. No NBA workforce has pulled off the feat.

The history-makers:


2004 Boston Purple Sox

The New York Yankees took a commanding 3-Zero lead with a 19-Eight win in Sport Three of the ALCS. However the Purple Sox stayed alive with extra-inning wins within the subsequent two video games, tying the sport off Corridor of Fame nearer Mariano Rivera each instances. Boston’s Curt Schilling pitched a four-hit gem in Sport 6 to tie the collection. Sport 7 was a blowout as Johnny Damon had six RBI in a 10-Three victory. The Purple Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals within the World Sequence to finish an 86-year championship drought.

Astros infielder Alex Bregman had teammates watch the ESPN documentary on that collection, 4 Days in October, earlier than Houston’s comeback. 

“I used to be sitting down watching it with him,’’ Astros shortstop Carlos Correa stated. “It was a super-inspiring video.”


1942 Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs rallied towards the Detroit Purple Wings within the Stanley Cup Closing after coach Hap Day benched regular-season main scorer Gordie Drillon. His alternative, Don Metz, had 4 targets and three assists as Toronto outscored Detroit 19-7 within the remaining 4 video games.

1975 New York Islanders

The Islanders, making their first playoff look, confirmed the resilience underneath coach Al Arbour that will finally result in 4 consecutive Stanley Cup championships within the 1980s. They overcame a 3-Zero deficit towards the Pittsburgh Penguins within the second spherical, successful Sport 7 on a shutout by Glenn “Chico” Resch. Then they almost did the identical the next spherical towards the defending champion Philadelphia Flyers earlier than falling in Sport 7. They went 8-1 in elimination video games that yr.

2010 Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers stayed alive in Sport Four of the second spherical towards the Boston Bruins when Simon Gagne scored in additional time. Philadelphia then misplaced beginning goalie Brian Boucher to damage within the subsequent sport, and backup Michael Leighton stopped 44 of 45 Bruins photographs to win Video games 5 and 6. The Bruins, enjoying at house, took a 3-Zero lead in Sport 7 earlier than the Flyers rallied to win 4-Three on Gagne’s second game-winner of the collection. The Flyers finally reached the Closing, shedding to the Chicago Blackhawks. 

2014 Los Angeles Kings

The San Jose Sharks gained the primary two video games of the first-round collection with blowouts, then gained Sport Three in additional time. Then Kings goalie Jonathan Fast, who was pulled in Sport 1, stopped 130 of 135 photographs over the ultimate 4 video games to advance. The Kings gained three Sport 7s that yr to seize the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years.

Contributing: Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY Sports activities

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