Astros Twitter (X?) was in shambles during the Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles game Tuesday night. In a pivotal series against one of the best teams in the American League, the Astros’ Ace didn’t have his best stuff, and the offense wasn’t firing on all cylinders. Luckily, Kyle Tucker plays for the Astros. Last night’s Houston Astros game was the win of the season.
In case you decided to go to sleep with the Astros down three runs going into the ninth inning against the best closer in baseball this season, Kyle Tucker hit a go-ahead grand slam in a massive comeback against the Orioles.
Before Tuesday night, I would have said that the Astros 12-11 win against the Rangers in Arlington July 3 was the win of the season. In that game the Astros went up big early and the Rangers took the lead late. The Astros had some big hits in extra innings to win three out of four games and narrowed the division lead tremendously before the All-Star Break.
However, last night’s Houston Astros game might have proved to be even more important for a multitude of reasons. The Baltimore Orioles have the best record in the AL, and appear to be a big threat to the Astros come October. They’re young, electric, and they have tons of confidence, what’s not to like about the Orioles? They remind me a bit of the 2015 Astros, but…different.
The Orioles are cut from the same cloth as the Astros in the sense that they have been constructed nearly identical to how Jeff Luhnow constructed the beginning of the Golden Age Houston Astros. They tanked and built their system up from within, and now they have a ton of superstar youth all over the field.
Last night, the Orioles jumped all over Cy Young hopeful, Framber Valdez. They got out to an early lead in the first inning and put up six runs on a pitcher that literally just threw a no-hitter. Those kids are good.
The Astros have proven to the league that they are never out of a game, but last night it appeared that the Orioles took a strong command in game one of this series. Let’s skip over to the ninth inning where the Astros were down 6-3.
The biggest moment up to this point for the Astros in the game was that Jon Singleton made his first appearance for the team since 2015. It’s been 2,867 days since Singleton last had an at-bat for this team. What a story. Anyways, he didn’t try to be the hero since the team was down three runs, and he got on base with a six pitch walk. Professional at-bat by the man.
Next, Jose Altuve hit a bloop single to left field. The Astros had two on with nobody out with Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, and Kyle Tucker coming to the plate next. It seemed like a recipe for success before the moment happened.
Last night’s Houston Astros game was the win of the season by far. Every Astros fan knew as soon as Tucker came to the plate that there was a high likelihood that he was going to drive in a number of runs. Tuck went down 0-2 right off the bat to start and battled pitch after pitch throughout this appearance. He saw nine pitches and the ninth pitch proved to be the most important of the game. The game was turned upside down if you will.
The series isn’t over, and the playoffs are still a number of weeks away, but what a way to win that game against the best team in the AL.