Carlos Correa extends Astros rally with a ball hit so hard it got stuck in the fielder's glove
By now, you're well aware that there isn't much that AL Rookie of the Year candidate Carlos Correa can't do. He can hit. He can hit for power. He can field. Heck, he might even be able to play football if he wanted to.
So, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that he helped the Astros to a dramatic come-from-behind win on Sunday against an AL West rival in hot pursuit.
The Astros trailed the Angels by three runs heading into the top of the ninth. After Jonathan Villar flied out and Luis Valbuena struck out to start the inning, Houston was down to its final out. Preston Tucker homered to cut the lead to two and George Springer followed with a triple to bring the tying run to the plate.
Jose Altuve singled to bring Springer home and that's when things got ... weird. Correa smoked a sharp ground ball up the middle that looked like it would get through for a base hit, but second baseman Taylor Featherston laid out and flashed some leather, snagging the thing with a dive to his right.
But when he flashed that leather, he forgot to account for the fact that it might not possess the structural integrity to withstand a drive off the bat of Correa. The ball nearly burst through the webbing and -- when Featherston couldn't pull it loose -- Correa and Altuve were safe on the bases.
The next batter was pinch-hitter Jed Lowrie and, welp, you can guess how that ended.
Lowrie's homer put the Astros up, 5-3, and that's how it would end. With the win, the Astros kept pace with the surging Rangers to maintain a 1.5-game lead in the AL West and pushed the Angels to 4.5-games back.