The World Series has gone to full swing. After being down 0-2 in the series, the Astros have made a comeback by winning three straight games against Atlanta to take home their first Championship title since 2005.
The “Jose Altuve breaks out to help Houston Astros tie up World Series against Atlanta Braves” is a headline from ESPN. The article talks about how Carlos Correa made a game-winning hit in the top of the 9th inning.
HOUSTON, Texas — Jose Altuve, the Astros’ second baseman, may not have the dazzling numbers he’s accustomed to this playoffs, but he continues to come through in crucial times in October.
Houston beat the Atlanta Braves 7-2 in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night, with Altuve going 2-for-5 with a home run, his 22nd of the postseason.
“You can go 0-for-20, but what if you hit a home run?” After the Astros knotted the series at one victory each, Altuve inquired rhetorically. “That is what the playoffs are all about. It doesn’t matter to me that I went 0-for-5 last night. I came here today, attempt to hit good pitches, and I’m thrilled I’m contributing to my team’s victory.”
After tripling to start the game, Altuve scored the game’s first run, then added the game’s last run with a home run off Braves reliever Drew Smyly. The home run ties him for second all-time in the playoffs with former New York Yankees star Bernie Williams. Manny Ramirez (29) has the most.
“It means a lot to me to smash 22 home runs in the playoffs and tie him,” Altuve said. “It motivates me to keep hitting home runs to assist my team and to keep attaining goals like this.”
Prior to Wednesday’s game, Altuve was hitting.178 in the playoffs. His manager was asked how he manages to bounce back from a slump and win big.
Dusty Baker said, “That’s what pros do.” “It’s OK to get down, but don’t stay down, my father used to tell me. As a result, he didn’t remain down.”
Between the Altuve extra-base hits, which were the Astros’ only two of the night, Houston’s lineup pounded the Braves with singles. Max Fried of Atlanta pitched five innings but gave up six runs on seven hits and a walk.
The Astros scored at least five runs for the 10th time in their last 12 playoff games. On Wednesday, they achieved that mark in the second inning.
Baker described the Astros’ four-run second inning as “like a feeding frenzy,” with “everyone wanting to get in on it.” “All I wanted was for us to score some more since I knew they were going to threaten before long.”
“During the playoffs and the World Series, you never feel completely at ease. You’re always yearning for more.”
Altuve honored his manager’s request by smashing a home run on the first ball he saw from Smyly in the seventh inning. Altuve is notorious for taking a swing at the opening pitch of an at-bat, and he’s done it even more this playoffs.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, his 43 percent swing percentage on the first pitch ranks third among 69 players with 200 or more playoff plate appearances in the last 30 years. In contrast, he swings at the first pitch 39 percent of the time during the regular season.
And now he’s hit seven of his 22 playoff home runs on the opening pitch. This is the greatest percentage in the history of the playoffs.
When asked whether he’s more inclined to swing at the first pitch when he’s in a slump like the one he’s had this month, Altuve said yes.
“I don’t believe swinging at the first pitch has anything to do with whether I’m performing well or not,” he added. “I want to swing if I’m doing well.” I want to swing if I’m having a horrible day because that could be the last pitch I receive.
“So it’s no secret that I like swinging. I believe I’ve been like that throughout my career.”
On Friday, the series moves to Atlanta, where temperatures are anticipated to be in the mid 50s. After three weekend games, the teams will return to Houston for Games 6 and 7, if required.
The “atlanta baseball team” is the Atlanta Braves. The Astros defeated them in game 7 of the World Series to tie up the series at 3 games apiece.
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