In the midst of our Houston Astros' modest four-game winning streak, I hope Jose Altuve's great accomplishment in last night's game was not overlooked.â†µ
Prior to Saturday evening's contest with the Giants, Altuve was batting .314 with no homers and only five RBIs. You could make the argument that Altuve was hitting for a solid average, but it was mostly just singles and doubles.â†µ
Well, it only took two pitches from Madison Bumgarner for Altuve to prove that he could indeed hit a homer, albeit of the inside-the-park variety.â†µ
That's right folks, Jose Altuve's first career home run didn't leave the ballpark, and it was a joy to watch the little guy fly around the basepaths. He's the first Astro to lead off the game with an inside-the-park homer since Bill Doran in 1987. Dave Clark even threw up the stop sign at third, but Altuve just kept on churning towards home:â†µ
"As soon as I hit the ball, I knew the ball was in the gap. I kept running hard and I saw the center fielder kind of lose the ball and he didn't know where it is, and I just kept running. When I was midway to third base I tried to see Clark, but [Giants third baseman Pablo] Sandoval was blocking my view. When I realized where he was, it was too late. I just kept running and scored and that was good for the team."â†µ
The Astros have now won four in a row, and Saturday's performance was very encouraging for the future of this ballclub. With J.D. Martinez and Altuve driving in runs of support for youngster Jordan Lyles, I couldn't help but dream happy thoughts of this youth movement leading the Astros to great things down the road.â†µ
I hope I wasn't the only one.