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Rings And Home Run Swings

The Astros received their World Series rings and used Josh Reddick's home runs to beat the Orioles again.

April 03, 2018 - 11:10 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - The final bow was put on the 2017 championship season Tuesday night when the Astros received their World Series rings. There was plenty of anticipation to finally have the most coveted piece of jewelry in sports. Once it was had, the offense would come alive in a back-and-forth battle that would finish with the Astros on top of the Orioles by a final score of 10-6.

"What you talk about in a clubhouse is, 'we want a ring.' And there you have it, it's like right on your hand and it's pretty bright. It's pretty big. It's very, very important and is a signature of many of our careers, including mine," Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said.

The Astros found themselves trailing and tied multiple times in this game, but battled back each time thanks to clutch hits. The first was a Carlos Correa inside-the-park home run in the first inning that dug them out of an early one run deficit. The following two came off Josh Reddick's bat in the form of a 2-run home run in the sixth and a grand slam in the seventh.

"I had a good feeling I got that one. The first one was kind of questionable, got a little jammed on it. But the second one, I had a good feeling it was going out," Reddick said.

It was the seventh multi-home run game and sixth grand slam of his career.

"I guess when I go 0-for-8 again, I'll do a tweet," Josh said. 

On the mound, Justin Verlander had his worst start in an Astros uniform. In 5.2 innings he gave up 4 runs on 6 hits, although he did strike out 9. For perspective, Verlander gave up 4 runs in all of his 34 regular season innings with Houston last season.

"I let two guys kill me, (Jonathan) Schoop and Adam Jones. I think back-to-back those guys were kind of a thorn in my side tonight. The rest of the lineup, I felt like I did a pretty good job of getting them out," Verlander said.

Carlos Correa started the night at shortstop despite still battling some discomfort in his left big toe. A minor injury that had lingered since Sunday due to a foul ball off his foot. He left the game after the seventh inning for some additional rest and is expected to have Wednesday off as well.

"He's off tomorrow. We'll use these two days to get him right," Hinch said. "He played uncomfortable. It doesn't look like it sometimes."