Altuve ranges, bobbles ball, secures catch
Second baseman gets starter McHugh out of a jam against Yankees
HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve ranged from second base all the way to the right-field foul line and made a juggling catch of an Alex Rodriguez blooper to get starter Collin McHugh out of a third-inning jam on Sunday. The Astros went on to win, 3-1, to split their four-game series with New York. According to Statcast™, Altuve reached a top speed of 18.8 mph and traveled 119 feet.
With the Yankees taking a 1-0 lead in the inning and Brett Gardner on first, Rodriguez popped a ball into no-man's land behind first base. First baseman Chris Carter and right fielder Domingo Santana converged on it before Altuve sprinted over, watched the ball pop out of his glove and secured the catch.
"I was on the other side of the infield, and before that I tend to see the outfielders and first baseman to see where they're playing," Altuve said. "Domingo was playing really deep and Carter was playing normal. I knew as soon as [Rodriguez] hit the fly ball, I had to run hard and see if I had a chance. I turned around and saw Domingo getting close to me and I just said, 'I got it.' That was a long way."
Shortstop Carlos Correa tied the game by scoring on his own double and an error, before Evan Gattis' RBI triple scored Correa to give Houston the lead for good.