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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

George Springer costs Astros tying run by pimping double in Game 1 loss

George Springer pimps double

George Springer gets credit for being such a clutch postseason hitter, but he cost his Houston Astros with a poor decision on Tuesday night.

Springer was batting with Kyle Tucker on second and one out with his Astros down 5-3 to the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the World Series. He sent a 2-1 breaking ball from Daniel Hudson deep to right-center field and began to hop as if he had just hit a home run.

Tucker was able to score on the play, but Springer only ended up at second instead of third because he pimped his hit, thinking it was a home run. He didn’t start to run hard until after the ball went off Adam Eaton’s glove.

The next batter was Jose Altuve, who flied out to right field. Had Springer been at third, he could have tried to tag up for the tying run. Instead, he remained at second. Michael Brantley later lined out to end the inning with Houston down 5-4.

Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna received criticism for doing the same thing as Springer earlier this postseason. Springer’s mistake was even more costly but is being overlooked by many.

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