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Astros Walk Off 1-0 In 10th Against Padres On Infield Pop-Up

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Here’s something you don’t see everyday, if not ever.

The Houston Astros and San Diego Padres were locked in a scoreless tilt in the bottom of the 10th inning on Saturday night. Astros third baseman Alex Bregman came up with two outs and Derek Fisher (pinch-running for Brian McCann) on second base.

Bregman, facing reliever Phil Maton who just entered the game, popped up a mile in the air to the right side of the infield, as four-time Gold Glove winner Eric Hosmer raced in to make the catch and send the game to the 11th.

Except, he didn’t.

What looked like a routine pop-up quickly turned into heartbreak for the Padres. That was Hosmer’s ball 100%, and he simply overran it. Could he have lost it in the lights? Possibly. But that’s a ball that needs to be caught. Period. Especially when it’s a scoreless game!

If Hosmer is placed in that situation 100 more times, he’ll likely make the catch 100 times. Just a brutal way to lose, and he knew it too.

A large amount of credit must be given to Derek Fisher for hustling all the way from second base to score in place of the much slower Brian McCann. What a good call from manager A.J. Hinch.

And to all the young baseball players, this is a great lesson. ALWAYS hustle, no matter what. Because when you do, good things like this can happen.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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