Houston Astros Choke As Kansas City Royals Force Game 5
The Houston Astros were four runs and six outs away from advancing to the AL Championship Series on Monday. The writing was on the wall. In fact, Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted premature congratulations. Needless to say, the tweet was deleted after the game.
Former Presidents George HW Bush and Gorge W Bush, lifelong Astros fans, each threw out the first pitches. It felt like the city of Houston and its huge fan base were hastily getting ready to rejoice.
In a shocking turn of events, the Kansas City Royals – the defending AL champions – were not ready to throw in the towel. They capitalized on a golden ticket when Astros shortstop Carlos Correa couldn’t handle a deflected grounder, rallying for five runs in the eighth inning to stun Houston 9-6, forcing their playoff series to a decisive Game 5, back in Kansas City on Wednesday night.
“We always feel that we’re still in games, and we still have a chance,” first baseman Eric Hosmer said. “That’s the mentality for this whole entire team. It’s never quit, and the character we showed today. That’s what a championship ballclub does.”
The turning point came when Correa homered twice, doubled, singled before driving in four runs. Houston took a 6-2 lead into the eighth, but an unfortunate error charged to the 21-year-old rookie helped the Royals’ comeback. “I missed it. That’s what happened,” Correa rued. “I wish I was perfect. I wish I could do everything perfect, but I’m not. I’m human.”
With the series tied at two wins apiece, both teams are back to square one.