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George Springer’s fantastic leaping catch saved Justin Verlander’s night

Via USA Today Sports

Exhale: George Springer is on it.

Astros starter Justin Verlander cruised through the first six innings of ALCS Game 6 on Friday, embarrassing opponents in the process. But the right-hander ran into trouble in the seventh when he walked Greg Bird on a full count, then hit Starlin Castro with a pitch to give the Yankees runners on first and second with none out while trailing, 3-0.

Verlander struck out Aaron Hicks for the first out of the inning, but only after a prolonged 10-pitch battle that drove the 34-year-old’s pitch count into the 90s. Next, Todd Frazier — the same guy who looked utterly hopeless against Verlander just two innings earlier — crushed a fastball deep to left center that looked certain to get the Yankees on the board. But Springer, the center fielder, chased it down to make a leaping grab that may have saved the Astros’ season.

 

 



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