BOSTON – Kyle Schwarber wiped out the baseball and just briefly tracked his flight, only to roll down the line, tossing his bat to one side and breaking up in a sluggish trot.
After all, hitting a Boston Red Sox Grand Slam in this American League Championship Series is hardly a surprise now.
Schwarber capped his second innings of six in Game 3 with a huge drive into right field for a Grand Slam off Houston Astros starter Jose Urquidi, which would later see three batsmen pulled from the game.
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Boston hits Grand Slam in the first two innings Game 2 in Houston marked the first time in playoff history a team won the Twin Slam in one game. This led to a 9-5 win that ended the series but gave the Red Sox significant upper hand.
Then came Game 3, a quiet affair with no grounds for a first inning and a half. And then the dam burst, in a hurry, in a historical fashion.
A one-out walk for Alex Verdugo opened the proceedings, but the real uh-oh moment came when second baseman Jose Altuve, off Christian Arroyo’s bat, allowed a base-loaded grounder to eat it, the ball hitting him for an error. But it got diverted.
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It is unlikely that Altuve could have turned a double at the end of an innings, but a 2–0 deficit with one out and two, bases loaded to the plate, one out and home run machine is very different from Schwarber’s.
And he sent Fenway Park into a frenzy and Boston in command of Game 3, and joined Game 2 heroes JD Martinez and Rafael Devers in a slam dance.
Boston now has two slam-tastic feats – two Grand Slams in one playoff game, and three in two games. And they’re only in half the house in this ALCS.