ESPYS 2018

ESPYS 2018: How did the Astros do?

The Astros won an ESPY on Wednesday night. photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Houston was set to make its presence known at the ESPYS this year. So, how did it all play out? Here are the results of the categories in which the Astros, Jose Altuve, George Springer, and James Harden were recognized.

BEST GAME

Houston Astros defeat Los Angeles Dodgers, World Series Game 5

Georgia Bulldogs defeat Oklahoma Sooners, Rose Bowl

WINNER: USA Women’s Hockey defeats Canada, 2018 Winter Olympics

The US Women’s hockey team took the ESPY for “Best Game” with their dramatic, gold medal-winning matchup against Canada in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Astros were nominated for their thrilling Game 5 of the World Series.

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE

George Springer, Houston Astros – MLB World Series

WINNER: Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles – Super Bowl LII

Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors – NBA Finals

Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova Men’s Basketball – CBB National Championship

Nick Foles takes the ESPY for “Best Championship Performance” for his part in Super Bowl LII. George Springer was nominated for his performance in the World Series.

BEST TEAM

WINNER: Houston Astros, MLB

Philadelphia Eagles, NFL

USA Women’s Ice Hockey

Notre Dame Fighting Irish, NCAA Women’s Basketball

Villanova Wildcats, NCAA Men’s Basketball

Golden State Warriors, NBA

Washington Capitals, NHL

The Houston Astros are bringing home the ESPY for “Best Team.” Dallas Keuchel, Jose Altuve, and Alex Bregman accepted the award on behalf of the World Series champs. Keuchel thanks the fans: “Thanks for sticking with us.”

BEST MALE ATHLETE

Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

James Harden, Houston Rockets

WINNER: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Alexander Ovechkin won the ESPY for “Best Male Athlete.” Jose Altuve was nominated for his notable performance throughout the 2017 season as was Rockets' James Harden.

BEST MLB PLAYER

Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

WINNER: Mike Trout, LA Angels

Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

Jose Altuve falls to Mike Trout for "Best MLB Player."

BEST NBA PLAYER

WINNER: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

James Harden 

Anthony Davis 

Giannis Antekounmpo

LeBron James didn't win MVP this year, but he does take home the hardware for "Best NBA Player" at the ESPYS.

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Springer had two homers Sunday

Springer helps lift Astros to series win over D-backs

Photo by Bob Levey / Getty Images

With a win on Saturday to tie the series 1-1, the Astros took the field at Minute Maid Park for the last time of 2020 on Sunday. A victory would give them the series against Arizona and move them one step closer to securing one of the two playoff spots for the AL West's highest-record finishing duo. Here are the quick highlights from Sunday's rubber game:

Final Score: Astros 3, Diamondbacks 2.

Record: 27-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Blake Taylor (2-1, 2.41 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Junior Guerra (1-2, 3.04 ERA).

Urquidy goes six while allowing two runs

After three scoreless innings on both sides, Arizona would start the scoring in the top of the fourth. They would load the bases with no outs against Jose Urquidy, getting back-to-back singles to start the frame before Urquidy issued a walk. He would get out of the jam with just one run allowed, though, thanks to a timely double play and a flyout to end the inning.

The D-backs ambushed Urquidy in the top of the fifth, getting a leadoff solo homer to double their lead to 2-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings while allowing just the two runs. His final line: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 90 P.

Springer takes it into his own hands

After tagging him with eight runs on August 4th in Arizona, the Astros were unable to figure out Madison Bumgarner on Sunday, going scoreless over his five innings on the mound. They went to work against Arizona's bullpen in the bottom of the sixth, starting with a near-conventional homerun turned inside-the-park homer for George Springer to start the inning, cutting the lead in half 2-1.

They went on to load the bases with two outs but would strand all three runners to keep it a one-run game heading to the seventh. Andre Scrubb was first out of Houston's bullpen and had a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. In the bottom of the seventh, Springer tied the game with his second homer in as many innings, this time over the right-field fence, making it 2-2.

Astros grab the late lead, take the series

Scrubb would retire one more batter, getting a groundout to start the top of the eighth before Houston moved on to Blake Taylor to face the top of Arizona's order. He would keep it a tie game, working around a two-out infield single to end the inning.

Houston would get the go-ahead run in scoring position in the bottom of the eighth, with Alex Bregman getting hit by a pitch then moving to second on a walk to Michael Brantley. They'd go on to load the bases with another walk and one out, setting up a go-ahead sac fly by Carlos Correa to take a 3-2 lead.

That presented another chance for a save for Ryan Pressly, which he would notch as the Astros would take the final two games of the three-game set to win the series. The win moved them up to 27-26 on the year, keeping them a leg up on the Mariners for second place in the AL West.

Up Next: Seven games remain in Houston's regular season, all on the road, with a three-game series in Seattle against the Mariners and then a four-game set in Arlington against the Rangers. The opener in Seattle will get underway at 8:10 PM Central on Monday and features the pitching matchup of Marco Gonzalez (6-2, 3.49 ERA) for the Mariners and Lance McCullers Jr. (3-2, 4.87 ERA) for the Astros.

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