The Astros and Carlos Correa dodge a serious injury in comeback win

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Apr 14, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) and third baseman Alex Bregman (2) are greeted by first baseman Marwin Gonzalez (9) after scoring in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 14, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) and third baseman Alex Bregman (2) are greeted by first baseman Marwin Gonzalez (9) after scoring in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports /
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Correa diagnosed with a right-hand contusion, which means the Astros shortstop should be okay.

After Sean Manaea had left the game in the sixth inning after walking the bases loaded, it seemed like everything broke in the Astros favor. Unfortunately, the Astros did not capitalize on that opportunity. The Astros did score those two runs without a hit in that inning but could have done more.

Don’t count the Astros out. They restarted their comeback in the seventh inning with a leadoff hit by Nori Aoki. That was the first hit of the game followed by a Jake Marisnick infield hit. He ended up stealing a base and scoring on the Alex Bregman single.

The Astros went on to score eight runs in the last three innings to win the game 10-5. This win was the second time in the last three games that the Astros made a comeback from being down 0-5 in the middle of the game. While the Seattle win was impressive, this win was important because they were no-hit for six innings. For them to have the ability to wait out Manaea and then strike later in the game. It was a great win all around, wiping out a poor start by Lance McCullers.

It was not all cupcakes and rainbows, sorry, my daughter watches Trolls all the time. The first five innings of the game, the Astros looked terrible against the second-year pitcher. Marisnick slipped and fell after catching a sacrifice fly. The way he fell made it look like he was in Mario Kart and someone threw a banana at him. Brian McCann even thought the game was over after the eighth inning. Jandel Gustave was wild but somehow got out of the inning without allowing any other runs score.

The moment all Houston fans held their breath.

The ugliest part of the game was at the top of the ninth inning when Carlos Correa got him in the right hand. Unfortunately, Frankie Montas was on the mound, the A’s hardest thrower. It was a 94 mph heater that Correa could not get out of the way of. There was much concern because it looked like Correa was in pain.

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Astros manager A.J. Hinch made sure that Correa could not play because he had already used his entire bench. He was down to only having pitchers available to run. While everyone’s thoughts were with Correa, they still had a ball game to win. Mike Fiers came into pinch run, and he scored the tenth run before McCann was tagged out at third base.

Luke Gregerson was able to come on and close out the game. After handshakes and high-fives, the attention went to Correa. Fortunately, Jake Kaplan reported that the X-Rays were negative. He was diagnosed with a contusion and listed as day to day. With the long history in Houston with Jeff Bagwell, we all feared the worse.

What’s next?

It is undecided if he plays tomorrow, we will see how he feels in the AM. They will play it safe with their star shortstop. With the uncertainty with Correa, I would not be surprised to see the Astros send Gustave down for another bat. This need for a bat may be the best time to give A.J. Reed a shot in the lineup.

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There is no word at the moment, but things can change with the day game tomorrow. Listen to us on Talking Stros tomorrow on Sports Talk 790 from 1:30-2:30 pm. We will discuss the roster and the four-game winning streak. Go Stros!

***Stats from Baseball-Reference***

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