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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Articles tagged: Michael Brantley

Watch: Michael Brantley starts massive double play with diving catch in Game 6

Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley may have made the play of the ALCS to end the top of the seventh inning of Game 6 on Saturday night.

The New York Yankees had a man on and one out in the inning, trailing by two runs and trying to rally to force Game 7. Outfielder Aaron Hicks hit a flare to short left field that looked like it was going to drop until Brantley charged in and made a spectacular diving catch.

Not only did he make an incredible grab, but Brantley had the awareness to get up quickly and throw a strike to first to double off Aaron Judge and end the inning.

Had the ball fallen, the Yankees would have had at least two on with one out and the go-ahead run coming to the plate. It’s not a stretch to say that it may prove a series-saving play.

The Yankees simply haven’t been getting the breaks in Game 6. They have six outs to try to score at least twice and save their season.

Michael Brantley emotional after foul ball hits security guard

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Michael Brantley was emotional after a foul ball he hit struck a security guard in the Houston Astros’ dugout during Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday night.

Brantley was batting with a 1-1 count and one out after George Springer hit a solo home run to tie the game. Facing Adam Ottavino, Brantley was out in front of a breaking ball and pulled a rocket line drive into Houston’s dugout. Members of the Astros put their hands over their heads in concern after the security guard was hit.

FOX reporter Ken Rosenthal confirmed that the foul ball hit a ballpark security team member who sits in the dugout. According to Rosenthal, the man stood up with a towel over his head and walked into the clubhouse.

Brantley was distraught over what happened and could be seen crying. Astros manager AJ Hinch came out to console the outfielder, who ended up reaching on a dropped third strike.

The incident and reaction reminds us of what happened with Albert Almora Jr. during a game in Houston in late May.

UPDATE: FOX’s Rosenthal said the man who was hit was a paramedic supervisor. The man was loaded onto a cart and taken to the hospital. He was sitting up and alert prior to being loaded.

Watch: Orioles’ defensive disaster allows Michael Brantley to score on triple

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The Baltimore Orioles are one of the worst teams in baseball, and teams as bad as they are tend to find new ways to lose every day. Sunday was no exception.

Baltimore held a 5-4 lead in the 9th, but the Houston Astros put the first two men on in the inning for Michael Brantley. Brantley ripped a line drive to right that would have given Houston the lead either way but got even worse thanks to right fielder Anthony Santander.

So what exactly happened in that right field corner? The simple answer is Santander completely forgot how to throw.

That’s a bad one. The only consolation was that the Astros would have taken the lead no matter what, but Santander’s effort was ruled a throwing error, giving Brantley a triple and an extra base on the mistake.

Despite the blunder, the Orioles rallied in the bottom of the ninth off Astros closer Roberto Osuna and actually came back to win 8-7. That’s some happy news for a team that has endured a difficult week/a>.

Astros’ Michael Brantley got boost from ‘The Lion King’ during two-homer game

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Michael Brantley just couldn’t wait to be king on Sunday.

The Houston Astros outfielder led the charge for the team with two home runs and three RBIs in a 5-3 win over the Texas Rangers. Brantley’s new walk-up music for the game was none other than “Circle of Life” from The Lion King, and teammate George Springer told reporters how the usually mild-mannered Brantley claimed that he would one day use the track as his walk-up song.

“I said he didn’t have [the] hair on his chest,” Springer said, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.

As fate would have it, Brantley homered on the first pitch of his first at-bat after walking up to “Circle of Life” and followed it up with another dinger three at-bats later when the song played again. As for his two at-bats in between, also preceded by “Circle of Life”? A single and a walk.

“They called me out on it, said I wouldn’t play it for my walk-out song. So I delivered,” he said afterwards. “I’ll keep it for a little while.”

Brantley, who made his fourth career All-Star team this season, appears to have found his good luck charm, and the timing could not have been better with the new Lion King movie having just hit theaters. At least that Disney flair worked out better for him than it did for this other professional athlete.

Report: Astros closing in on two-year deal with Michael Brantley

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Michael Brantley had a very productive season with the Cleveland Indians last year that went fairly unnoticed, and the Houston Astros are hoping he can give them more of the same in 2019 and beyond.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Astros are closing in on a two-year deal with Brantley that is believed to be worth somewhere around $32 million.

Brantley, 31, hit .309 with 17 home runs and 76 RBI in Cleveland last season. He’s a career .295 hitter who missed a significant amount of time with injuries in 2016 and 2017, but he appeared in 143 games with the Indians last year. He should provide Houston with a nice boost in the outfield.