The Houston Astros may have pulled off arguably the greatest single play in franchise playoff history on Saturday in Game 2 of American League Championship Series. Which is saying something with a 18-inning ball game in 2005.
With Aldous Chapman throwing a 100-MPH and the game tied 1-1. The Astros best players faced the Yankees best reliever. Jose Altuve singled to left. And Carlos Correa worked the count full and faced a 99-MPH fastball from Champman. Correa laced the ball the other way into the right-center field gap.
Aaron Judge field the ball and threw to second base. Altuve was running all the way and was sent home by Gary Pettis. Altuve slide in safe as the ball slide away from Gary Sanchez at the plate.
In one swing, the Astros won 2-1 and took a 2-0 in the ALCS over the New York Yankees.
The great play to end the game overshadows the nine innings of one-run baseball by Justin Verlander. Verlander allowed one run on five hits, while striking out 13.
The Astros other run also came from Correa with a solo home run in the fourth inning. It was nearly another Jeffrey Maier situation as an Astro fan caught the ball just above Judge.
I have no more words. I can’t believe I just watched.