Astros: Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa continue clutch course
Jose Altuve’s walk-off grand slam complemented Carlos Correa’s game tying home run nicely.
Hugs were seen all-around on manager Dusty Baker’s 72nd birthday. From Lance McCullers Jr. and Jason Castro returning to a great relief showing from Jake Odorizzi, the Houston Astros saw it all, but nothing stood out more than Carlos Correa’s game-tying home run and Jose Altuve’s walk-off grand slam.
We know the history of Correa and Altuve in high-stressed situations from postseason walk-off home runs and singles to regular season games. While this win is just another number out of 162 games, it has to feel bittersweet for Altuve to hit his first ever walk off grand slam.
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The last time an Astro hit a walk-off grand slam was in 2011, during Altuve’s rookie season. The right-hander did it all for his team on his manager’s birthday, as he told Baker, “Happy birthday, Skip,” after touching home.
While being a top five middle infield duo in baseball, both Correa and Altuve have been a part of a group of memorable swings in major-league history. We could go on-and-on, but the matter is that Altuve continues to amaze all Astro fans, while Correa is boosting his free agency stock.
The absorbed hatred continues to fuel these sluggers. While both being top four at their position in All-Star voting, Altuve is now slashing .290/.359/.485 with Correa posting a .293/.382/.506 line that is only rising.
The Astros won 6-3 in 10 innings against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. They are back on the field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. to close out the series with Zack Greinke on the bump.