Bottom of the 10th inning... Two outs... Derek Fisher on second base as a pinch runner... Alex Bregman at the plate. No, I’m not talking about Game 5 of the 2017 World Series.
The Astros and Padres were locked in a 0-0 tie in the 10th inning after a masterful seven-inning performance from Gerrit Cole and, well, a good enough performance from Padres starter Bryan Mitchell. Brian McCann stepped up to the plate, delivered a base hit, and then was substituted for Derek Fisher.
After Fisher stole second base, Jake Marisnick and George Springer each failed to bring the young Astros outfielder home. Then, Bregman stepped up.
What ensued after Bregman walked up to the plate cannot be accurately described with precise detail because it simply has not happened before in the 56 year history of the Houston Astros.
Bregman, on a full count, hit a ball straight up in the air between the pitcher’s mound and home plate. Immediately, Padres catcher A.J. Ellis pointed to first baseman and $144 million man Eric Hosmer, claiming that it was Hosmer’s ball to charge and catch since he had the best angle. Hosmer overran the baseball, it landed behind him, Derek Fisher kept running all the way around the bases, and the Houston Astros won the game.
It’s a line drive in the scorebook. pic.twitter.com/auFTuWroKT— Houston Astros (@astros) April 8, 2018
Before we get all technical, no I have not gone through the record books and looked up every single extra innings Astros game to confirm that this “hit” is the most bizarre walk-off win in Houston Astros history.
I just feel comfortable assuming that a ball with a 0% hit probability, 83 MPH exit velocity, and 78 degree launch angle somehow falling in for a hit is the Astros most bizarre walk-off win in franchise history.
I guess Evan Gattis’ walk-off walk last year was pretty unusual, but still... A pop up for a game-winning hit? You simply cannot beat that.
Hopefully this extremely unusual hit by Bregman will wake up an Astros lineup that has been silent over the last couple games before they face off against the Padres tomorrow afternoon with Charlie Morton on the mound for Houston.