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Indians 4, Astros 2: The Shortest Man Stands Tall

The loss notwithstanding, Jose Altuve put the cherry on top of the ice cream sundae of a season that he's had.

Bob Levey

Jose Altuve put a bright spot on an otherwise lackadaisical and disappointing late-September game. Becoming the Astros record-holder for hits in a single season is no easy feat, especially when you have to eclipse a future Hall-of-Famer to do it. Hats off to the Cheat.

What went well:

  • Nick Tropeano continued his strong call-up with five innings of four-hit ball. Nitro already has a cool nickname, which is a requirement to become not only a TCB favorite, but to cement one's place in next season's starting rotation.
  • Altuve broke the record. That was about it.

What went wrong:
  • The Houston bats didn't necessarily go quiet, but the nine hits were scattered enough to produce just two runs. Corey Kluber had the lineup solved and struck out 14 guys, but I guess you had to sorta expect that the way he's been pitching this year.
  • Robbie Grossman, Dexter Fowler and Jon Singleton all put up goose eggs in the hit column. Grossman and Singleton nearly earned golden sombreros for their efforts.
  • Darin Downs.
What we learned:
  • I recently bought tickets for the Sep. 20 game against the Mariners. Such a bittersweet day that will be. Baseball season is almost over.