Luis Valbuena is many things a fine third baseman, a personality in the clubhouse, and a powerful bat in the Astros lineup. We can add "walk-off artist" to his title as well after Friday night.
The Astros entered the ninth inning with a 7-4 lead. After the top of the ninth inning, Houston trailed 9-7. The bullpen had given up five runs and possibly a win. The bottom of the ninth didn't start well either, Marwin Gonzalez had a bunt single attempt easily fielded for the first out.
Houston was able to get runners on the corners after passed ball strike three with Carlos Correa at bat. The game-tying run was at first as Luis Valbuena stepped into the box.
Valbuena sent the home happy on the first pitch of the at-bat against A's closer Ryan Madson. Valbuena crushed a 90-MPH cutter into the right field stands. Now let's watch it again: