At first look, Astros star Carlos Correa couldn’t have loved a extra dramatic exit from Thursday’s 4-Three win over the Rays. How precisely do you enhance on a series-extending walk-off residence run within the backside of the ninth?
You name your shot, that is how.
“Earlier than (Correa) went up there, he mentioned, ‘Stroll off,'” Astros supervisor Dusty Baker mentioned following the sport. “And I mentioned go forward on man.”
Stated Correa, who had gone 1-for-Three in Thursday’s recreation earlier than his final at-bat: “I wished to drive the ball, and I felt I may do it. So after I was strolling on the sphere, I mentioned, ‘I’m going to finish it.'”
That is precisely what he did. Three pitches in towards Rays right-hander Nick Anderson, Correa crushed a 96 mph fastball over the centerfield fence
“I knew it was gone the second I hit it,’’ Correa mentioned.
With that, Houston compelled a Sport 6, with the Rays nonetheless main 3-2. The Astros are solely the fourth group in playoff historical past to power a Sport 6 after trailing 3-0.
“That was as huge a recreation as I’ve ever been in,’’ Baker mentioned. “That was one of many causes I got here again (to managing). You recognize, it’s such as you birdie the opening on the golf course, you’ve had a nasty day, so you retain coming again to play.
“Man, that was candy. That was as candy because it will get, proper there.’’