Rookie Akil Badoo is emerging as an Astro killer. Coming into this game his batting average against the Astros was .421 with four doubles, two home runs, and five RBI. Today he added a sixth RBI, the tying run that put the game into extra innings, and in the tenth inning, he scored the run that beat the Astros 2-1.
Following a scorching stretch of hitting since May 30th, and including the recent 11 game winning streak, the Astros bats have suddenly gone cold. They managed only three hits today, just one against starter Tariq Skubal, and only 11 combined in both games Saturday.
The Astros scored first in the fourth inning without a hit. It started with a Jose Altuve hit by pitch, followed by a Myles Straw walk and a one-out Yordan Alvarez walk. Carlos Correa got the RBI with a sac fly to center field, scoring Altuve.
The Tigers tied the game in the seventh when Cristian Javier, who replaced Jake Odorizzi in the sixth inning, walked Will Castro and Zack Short with one out.
With two outs lefty Brooks Raley was brought in to face Akil Badoo, who singled in the tying run.
Baddoo scored the winning run in the 10th inning. Leading off the inning on second Badoo advanced to third on a fielder’s choice by Jonathon Schoop against reliever Blake Taylor. Badoo then scored on a perfectly executed walk-off squeeze bunt by former Astro Robbie Grossman.
Ope, just gonna squeeze right past ya. pic.twitter.com/HlzuKvDDiB— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) June 27, 2021
Tigers win in extras without a hit. Such is the new extra-inning rule, but the Astros also had a runner on third with one out in the tenth but instead of a brilliant bunt, Jose Altuve popped up, followed by a Myles Straw ground out.
The Astros return home tomorrow to take on the Orioles again at 7:10 CDT. Zack Greinke takes the mound.
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