“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep. I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.” Alexander the Great.
“Guys, just give me the bat.” Alexander Bregman.
This Astros team is an army of lions, more and more led by a lionheart named Alexander. Before such a conclave all others tremble.
It really doesn’t matter if you spot the opposing team five runs in the first inning. Ladies and gentlemen, don’t touch that dial, this is the Astros playing remember, lionhearts that never quit. Didn’t you see the World Series?
Yes, Dallas Keuchel surrendered five earned runs in the first. He was lucky to even finish the inning. But an army of lions, led by a lion, does not stop fighting. As Alex Bregman said after the game, “we have a whole clubhouse full of competitors.”
Let me add, that includes Dallas Keuchel, who did not quit, and did not surrender another earned run, keeping the Blue Jays within striking distance of the Astros’ lionheart army.
No, in the bottom of the first the Astros cut the deficit to two, led by the white bear Evan Gattis (do bears have lion hearts too?), and his two run double. The bear added another run in the fifth, doubling home, who else, Alexander Bregman, who doubled to get on second.
Although a Jose Altuve error gave the Blue Jays a 6-4 lead in the sixth inning, Marwin Gonzalez narrowed the lead in the eighth to one with his sixth home run of the year.
One more chance. In the bottom of the ninth the little lion, Tony Kemp, led off with a single. With one out and Kemp on second today’s lionhearted leader of this army of lions, quickly becoming a walk-off legend, came to bat. Blue Jays closer Ryan Tepera (from Sam Houston State), started Bregs with high heat. Mighty swing. All air. Count 0-1. Tepera tried it again, walking the ladder as they say. Again the Great One swung under. Count 0-2. Surely with an 0-2 this Tempera guy doesn’t think he can get away with throwing more high heat. It’s gotta be a slider, right? Be careful Alex, he’s got ya in a bind. Another high heater, and this time Bregman did not miss.
I mean, he did not miss the wall behind the Crawford Boxes.
Astros win. Astros win.
This is what Alexander did in the Toronto series. Fifteen at bats, 5 runs, 9 hits, 6 RBI, 5 doubles, 3 home runs. This was his third walk-off hit this year, added to that other hit he had late last October.
Kudos to another lionhearted hero in this battle. Brad Peacock came into the sixth inning in relief of Keuchel with the bases loaded and one out. He struck out the next two Blue Jays.
There are many lions on this team, and you never know on any given day which one will step forward to lead this army. That’s why they are the baseball Kings of the World.
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