The Astros collected their second loss to the Dodgers this season, but Carlos Correa came out a winner over Joe Kelly.
The Houston Astros couldn’t find a rhythm at the plate on Wednesday until late, as Jake Odorizzi’s shaky outing couldn’t be countered by the offense. The Los Angeles Dodgers evened the season series at two wins apiece, as both have great odds of possibly meeting again in the Fall Classic.
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While the booing and throwing of objects continued, Carlos Correa entered the box in the eighth inning against no one other than Joe Kelly. Everyone knows the situation between the two ball players, as Kelly threw at the head of Correa and other Astros’ hitters in 2020.
During the at-bat, Correa shot a long fly ball into foul territory in right field. Dodgers’ outfielder Cody Bellinger was inches away from making a great grab to end the inning, but an LA fan made the catch over Bellinger. This came back to bite the situation, as Correa homered soon after.
The hypocrisy is there, as the right-hander was a member of the 2018 Boston Red Sox, but he’s looked at as a hero for throwing 99 MPH at players’ heads. On Wednesday, Correa launched a solo-home run with two strike-count.
With his signature hand-to-ear celebration following his slam, Correa ended up the winner in his small rivalry with Kelly. The Astros did lose 7-5 in the end, as they travel back to Houston to open a homestand on Thursday.
The Astros are back in action on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins at 7:10 p.m. with Framber Valdez countering right-hander Griffin Jax. With Yuli Gurriel unavailable due a stiff neck, the bench ran short on Wednesday as Lance McCullers Jr. was a pinch hitter. Ryan Pressly was also activated from the paternity list with Bryan Abreu being optioned as a corresponding move. The roster sat at 25 players with a day-to-day Gurriel, as Pressly didn’t travel.
On the farm, Ralph Garza Jr., who was recently designated for assignment, was claimed off waivers by the Twins on Wednesday. Also, Alex Bregman will be continuing his rehab assignment with the Sugar Land Skeeters this weekend, although previously targeted to rejoin the club this weekend.