HOUSTON — There is a bat flip and home run celebration. And there’s what Houston Astros star shortstop Carlos Correa did on Friday night.
Even those who despise the Astros will understand the stride, showmanship, and unrestrained emotional blend that Corea has shown after defeating the Boston Red Sox 5-4 in Game 1 of the Best 7 American League. .. Championship series.
After defeating the Thai game by shooting the ball towards the left fielder, Correa stood on the home plate and watched the handiwork. He threw the bat aside like an unnecessary prop. Later, when Red Sox pitcher Hansel Robles saw the ball fly and catcher Christian Vazquez bowed, Correa pointed his left wrist at the Astros dugout.
“When the playoffs start, they always tell me,’Now, get out there and hit a home run, this and that.’ They told me to hit the clock,” Corea said to his teammates. Said about. He added, “Today they told me that if you hit a home run, you hit them with’it’s your time’. It happened naturally there.”
When the calendar changed in October, a man who turned into a batting machine hit again. With the help of longtime teammate and post-season hero José Altuve and the key assist of relief Christian Javier, Boston’s Kike Hernandez continued to weep in October, but Correa And Astros lasted longer than the Red Sox.
“Everyone expected this game or this series to be a slug fest. In fact, this game included far more pitching than batting,” said 4 including two home runs. Hernandez on a five-night night raised the average for this postseason. 500 (14 for 28). “This will be one in the series, and it was one in Game 1.”
In the opening act of two of the best baseball attacks, the winner was a team that cobbled together enough pitching to withstand the opponent’s attack. After the starting pitchers of both teams were knocked out in the third inning, the Houston lineup and the bullpen were the strongest.
“It’s a good baseball game,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora about a four-hour game featuring 16 pitchers, three lead changes, and a rally in the second half. “Two swings changed the flow of the game.”
Of course, one of those swings was from Corea. But the other was delivered by Altuve six times, dragged by the Astros, after starting pitcher Framber Valdez stumbled.
His counterpart, Chris Sale, also splattered and set the stage for the bullpen battle. The seven-time All-Star Sale has continued to pitch inconsistently since returning from Tommy John’s surgery. He felt guilty enough to run two and two-thirds innings only once when the situation seemed to be revealed to him. He was rescued by Hernandez’s diving catch, which saved two runs on bases loaded in the second inning.
On the plate, Hernandez offered another boost. He tied the game with a solo blast from Valdes in the third inning. The Red Sox then took advantage of more Astros mistakes.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts walked and third baseman Rafael Devers singled off Valdes. When designated hitter JD Martinez burned the ball in the middle, Altuve couldn’t defend it. Instead of the double play at the end of the inning, Bogaerts scored and everyone was safe. Right fielder Hunter Renfroe pushed Boston’s lead to 3-1 and played Devers in a double.
After Valdes left, the Astros bullpen suppressed the Red Sox for enough time to begin the comeback. And with the Astros attack, the highest-scoring baseball in the regular season, it was only a matter of time.
Javier threw two scoreless innings, defeating four of the seven batters he faced. And in the sixth inning, Altuve redeemed his mistake. With the runner on, he blew a two-run blast from the relief Tannerhauk, a heavenly blessing of the recent Red Sox bullpen.
Altuve’s home run not only drew the score to 3, but also energized the 40,534 people who packed into Minute Maid Park. It was also a milestone for Altuve. He made 20 post-season home runs and became the fourth person in Major League Baseball history. Other members of the group are Manny Ramirez (29), Bernie Williams (22) and Derek Jeter (20).
“Derek Jeter is one of the greatest baseball players I’ve ever played, and hitting the same number of home runs as him makes a lot of sense to me,” Altuve said. ..
Altuve, 31, did not turn the bat over after hitting a home run. Of course, he was here before — he was the Astros star second baseman during the last five years of domination and won the World Series title during their now polluted 2017 season. And he has a very different personality from Corea, 27.
In the next inning, it showed. The Robles pumped a 99mph fastball to win the first two of the seventh. While he was watching, Corea said he visualized the pitches he came to him and how he swings with them. He turned his stroke in the middle and beyond the fence. And Correa thought he could still connect to that approach in case Robles threw a change-up.
So when Robles threw a 2-2 change-up on the plate, Correa unleashed the swing, enthusiastic about the crowd and himself. It also moved in front of his favorite player, Albert Pujols, who grew him as the active leader of the postseason hit the RBI (55).
Correa flew around the base, waving to make the crowd more noisy. He put his hand on his ear as he rolled the third base. He looked at the sky as he crossed the home plate.
Altuve’s sacrifice fly, which won first baseman Yuli Gurriel in the eighth inning, gave the Astros a cushion to withstand another explosion by Hernandez in the ninth inning.
“If the two best teams in the American League play, we’ll have a great match,” Correa added later. “I think it’s fun to see everything in this series, but there are a lot of games we play. It’s going to be special and it feels like baseball fans are hospitable.”