Astros’ Alex Bregman breaks down game-tying homer vs. Chris Sale
BOSTON – When Chris Sale tried to put him away with a changeup, Alex Bregman was ready for it.
The pitch Bregman lifted over Fenway Park’s Green Monster for the game-tying, solo homer in the eighth inning of the Astros’ ALDS clinching 5-4 win against the Red Sox on Monday was the pitch he looked for all day. As Bregman explained after the Game 4 victory, Sale had struck him out on a full-count changeup in his fifth-inning at-bat in Game 1 at Minute Maid Park.
“I was sitting on it the first at-bat (against Sale on Monday), got a little anxious and popped it up,” Bregman said amid the Astros’ champagne and beer celebration in the visitors’ clubhouse. “The next AB I was basically a little in between heater and changeup. I was looking for it but I wanted to get it up and I wanted to stay on it.”
Bregman did just that and the result was his second postseason home run off Sale, one of the best pitchers in baseball. The 23-year-old Bregman became the third player in Astros history to hit a game-tying homer in the eighth inning or later of a playoff game, joining Brad Ausmus (ninth inning of Game 4 in 2005 NLDS against the Braves) and Billy Hatcher (14th inning of Game 6 in 1986 NLDS against the Mets).
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