After the Astros recorded outs on 11 of their 16 hard-hit balls in Monday’s loss, Jose Altuve launched one that was out of the Rays’ reach in the first inning of American League Championship Series Game 3 on Tuesday night at Petco Park.
After the Astros recorded outs on 11 of their 16 hard-hit balls in Monday’s loss,
Houston was confident that if it continued its approach at the plate, the results would eventually shift in its favor. Now, Altuve can only hope that his first-inning homer, which put the Astros ahead, 1-0, will help to snap the club’s bad-luck hitting stretch.
Altuve’s 355-foot homer had just enough power behind it to sneak over the left-field wall, as Rays left fielder Randy Arozarena did not try to make a play on the ball that landed in the front-row seats. The blast tied Altuve for the most playoff home runs in Astros history (17) with George Springer, and tied him for seventh most in MLB postseason history with Springer, David Ortiz, Nelson Cruz and Jim Thome.
Altuve’s homer in his first plate appearance may have been just what the second baseman needed after a rare tough night in the field in Monday’s Game 2, when he committed two throwing errors (one that led to a Rays three-run homer) after going the entire regular season without one.
Altuve now has six career first-inning homers in the playoffs, tied with Albert Pujols for most all time.