Last Friday saw a dynamic 20-year old Carlos Correa, as he led Astros to their 10-inning triumph at Fenway Park. It was a momentous event in his short 23-game major league career.
Correa scored a home single-handedly in the 8th and an RBI single in the 10th that gave Houston Astros a ferocious 12-8 win against Boston Red Sox. Describing Fenway Park as a historic ballpark that took over a hundred years to build, Correa said that he was kidding about striking a home run over the Green Monster. “I never imagined I’d be able to do it, but I did it today,” he exclaimed. He added that it was a remarkable experience for their team and it was a wonderful day because they won.
Correa was named the American League rookie in June, which was his first month in the majors. Before the game, Correa admitted that he and double-partner Jose Altuve were teasing each other.
Last season saw Altuve striking a grand slam over the Green Monster, but made only three strikes last Friday that include a 2-run single home run, giving a 7-5 edge in the 7th inning for his team.
Astros had their 5th straight win (48-34) after a 4-run 10th, putting them on first place.( This came in their first game after center field George Springer had a broken wrist.)
In the major league games, Correa had six home runs and 17 RBIs. The Red Sox was unable to take the lead in the 7th with his .300 batting and flashing a handful leather with an ingenious fielding play.
Manager A.J. Hinch said that Correa is extraordinarily talented, with a calm heartbeat since his first game in Chicago.
Failing to sustain leads of 5-2, 7-5 and 8-7, Astros was able to recover against Noe Ramirez, right hander, who was playing his debut to the major league.
Right fielder Preston Tucker strike one through Mike Napoli, first baseman, for an error, allowing Ramirez to hit Altuve with his pitch on his 2nd big league. Breaking a 7-7 tie in the 7th, Correa gave his 3rd hit of the game.
Hitting a 2-run single for the 2nd and 3rd RBIs of the game and the season, was DH Jon Singleton.
Domingo Santana, left fielder, stole a home after the throw to second.
Roberto Hernandez, right-hander, won. (He was the 7th of Houston’s eight pitchers.)
The Red Sox got a pair in the second half following the five runs of Astros in the 4th inning. Astros took the lead at 7-5, with a single by Altuve in the top of the 7th.
Pablo Sandoval, third baseman, hit a run on the 2nd RBI single, while Alejandro De Aza, right fielder, hit the 2nd on an RBI ground shortstop.
De Aza’s ball was stopped by Correa and made a home run on the 8th. Red Sox recovered in the game’s latter half, with a two-out double RBI by DH David Ortiz.
When asked about the game, Correa said that it was a tremendous experience playing with a remarkable team and amazing teammates.