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#pounditFriday, December 3, 2021

Astros blow opportunity to challenge Kyle Schwarber off bag on Jose Altuve grounder

Kyle Schwarber off the base at first

The Houston Astros missed an opportunity to challenge a play during Game 4 of the ALCS at Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday night.

The Astros were down 2-1 against the Red Sox in the top of the fifth. Jose Altuve was batting with the bases empty and two outs. He swung at a 2-2 pitch and grounded the ball down the third base line. Rafael Devers made a nice play to field the ball, but his throw pulled Kyle Schwarber off the bag as the first baseman extended for the catch.

FS1 replays showed Schwarber’s foot was off the bag before he made the catch. Though the umpires called Altuve out, a challenge likely would have overturned the call.

Houston missed an opportunity to get a baserunner during a tight game. That’s something they probably wish they could have back.

For Boston, this is probably one of the consequences of trying to make Schwarber play first. He’s typically been an outfielder/DH during his career.

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