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Bizarre Alex Bregman Walk-Off In Eleven

Alex Bregman won another game for the Astros on a weird play in extra innings.

July 11, 2018 - 12:00 am
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - Justin Verlander allowed just three hits in six shutout innings but his effort would be wasted despite a four-run lead. The bullpen gave it all back in the ninth and eventually gave Oakland their first lead in the eleventh inning. The Astros would get it right back in their half of the inning by scoring the winning run off the bat of Alex Bregman to beat the A's by a final score of 6-5.

Bregman's hit did not go further than five feet from home plate but it was enough to win. It started foul but wiggled back to fair territory where A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy would grab it and attempt to make a tag for the final out. He would have to throw to first but commit an error to allow the winning run to score.

Verlander had to battle through is 110 pitch night. The A's fouled off 33 pitches, and 16 of those were with two-strikes. It limited his distance in the game, but he did enough to earn the decision for his tenth win of the season although the relief pitching was incapable of hanging on.

Out of the bullpen, Chris Devenski and Joe Smith each pitched an inning of scoreless baseball. The ninth inning became dicey after Ken Giles allowed three consecutive singles to the first three A's, and then was replaced by Hector Rondon before recording an out. Rondon was unable to stop the bleeding until the game was already tied at four, and Colin McHugh would allow a lead changing solo home run to Stephen Piscotty in the eleventh.

Offensively, George Springer had another mult-hit game with two RBI singles going 2-for-6. It was the second consecutive game he had multiple hits which he has not done since June 9th and 10th. Alex Bregman hit his 18th home run of the season, a solo blast in the first, and his 19th home run of the year with another solo shot in the 7th for his first career multi-home run game.

Bregman's 19 home runs ties his career high for an entire season. Newest Astro Kyle Tucker went 2-for-4 and scored three times including the winning run. He nearly made a leaping catch at the wall in left center but the ball popped out of his glove after colliding with the fence. 

Injury Update:

In the first inning, Marwin Gonzalez was injured receiving a throw from catcher Max Stassi to get Oakland's Dustin Fowler caught stealing at second base. Marwin left the game with a left wrist and elbow contusion after the inning concluded. The Astros have listed him as day-to-day.