It's been an interesting season for the Astros to say the least. There has been one positive constant throughout, Jose Altuve. Altuve has been a hitting machine, leading the American League in American League in batting average (.342), hits (209), and stolen bases (52) coming into tonight's game. He was one hit shy of tying the current franchise record of 210 hits, posted by Astros second baseman Craig Biggio in 1998. Biggio was on hand for the historic night.
Altuve stepped to the plate in the fifth with no runners and one out. The Astros second baseman ripped a ball down the left field line, he ended up on second with ease - something that has become such a regular occurrence we take it for granted. Altuve would tip his helmet to the Astros faithful and Biggio, who was seating in the front row behind home plate with Nolan Ryan.
The wait for Altuve to break the record wouldn't be long. In the seventh, Altuve would take a pitch right back up the middle for single to set the Astros franchise record for hits in season. Fans, players, and coaches were all on their feet to celebrate Altuve's achievement:Altuve now has eleven more games to set the bar even higher for the Astros single season hit total.