HOUSTON — Houston Astros supervisor Dusty Baker had the very best of reward for his second baseman and shortstop after Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa fueled a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Boston Crimson Sox in Sport 1 of the ALCS on Friday evening.
“It is form of like Tom Brady and [Rob] Gronkowski,” Baker mentioned after the sport. “They know the way they assume. They know in all probability what they eat for dinner, what they like and what their youngsters like.”
Altuve’s two-run residence run within the sixth inning tied the sport at 3-3 whereas Correa’s solo shot within the seventh put the Astros in entrance for good.
It is the fourth time Altuve and Correa have homered in the identical postseason recreation, probably the most by a pair of infield teammates in MLB historical past, in response to Elias Sports activities Bureau. The one pair of teammates who’ve achieved the feat extra typically was Correa and former teammate George Springer.
“Two swings modified the course of the sport,” Crimson Sox supervisor Alex Cora mentioned.
Altuve added a sacrifice fly within the eighth, which offered the ultimate margin of victory for the house group.
“He’s simply so harmful,” Correa mentioned of Altuve. “His observe report within the playoffs is insane, and he simply evokes me. He evokes me with out saying a lot.”
Altuve returned the reward. “He’s wonderful. He likes this sort of recreation. He needs to go on the market and hit massive homers. It looks as if he expects to go on the market and do it, so when you’re anticipating one thing, ultimately you are going to make it occur, and that is him.”
In reality, Correa mentioned he visualizes his at-bats within the on-deck circle, although he might not have seen himself hitting a excessive change-up from Crimson Sox reliever Hansel Robles into the Crawford Bins at Minute Maid Park. It ignited the gang as Correa dropped his bat and pointed to his wrist earlier than starting his residence run jog.
“It is to my teammates,” Correa defined. “When the playoffs begin, they at all times inform me ‘it is your time now to go on the market, hit homers.’ They advised me to hit the watch, once I hit the homer.
“I did it in Chicago [in the ALDS] the primary time by myself, and in the present day they advised me ‘when you hit a homer, hit them with the, it is your time.'”
Correa’s blast was his 18th profession postseason residence run whereas Altuve hit his twentieth, tying him with Derek Jeter for third all time.
“It means quite a bit,” Altuve mentioned. “Derek Jeter is among the biggest baseball gamers ever, biggest particular person to ever play the sport, and simply to hit as many homers as him, it means quite a bit to me.”
Correa added about Altuve: “Once I stroll into that clubhouse in spring coaching and I see this man that has received MVPs, Silver Sluggers, batting titles, Gold Gloves, Hank Aaron Awards. Each single award you possibly can think about, he has received it, after which he reveals as much as spring coaching eager to work on various things to get even higher.”
The 2 gamers have been almost outshined by Crimson Sox middle fielder Enrique Hernandez, who had 4 hits, together with two residence runs — the second of which got here within the ninth inning to chop the result in one. Hernandez has 29 complete bases over his final 4 postseason video games. Solely Reggie Jackson, a present Astros advisor, has achieved that feat over 4 playoff video games.
“Enrique is en fuego,” Cora mentioned.
Hernandez was concerning the lone shiny spot on offense for the Crimson Sox, who had simply 4 hits within the remaining 6.1 innings. Whereas their offense was stalling, Altuve and Correa went to work on the comeback for Houston.
“I hoped it could be them,” Baker mentioned. “It is a pleasure to be watching them up shut and private. These are some clutch guys.”
Sport 2 of the ALCS will happen on Saturday afternoon in Houston.