Mookie Betts left nothing open to debate this time around.
The Boston Red Sox right fielder robbed Houston Astros slugger Alex Bregman of at least extra bases, and potentially a home run in Boston’s 4-1 victory in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. And this time there was absolutely no need for a review.
Upon first look, the play looked eerily similar to the controversial Jose Altuve would-be home run in Game 4. This time, Betts had more room to operate. He didn’t have to reach into the stands at Minute Maid Park in his attempt to haul in this baseball, but he still had to make a spectacular play to complete the catch.
Also note the fans closest to the action. They clearly didn’t want any part of the headlines this time around.
Astros fans made sure they were no where near that potential Alex Bregman home run ball 😂 pic.twitter.com/WP4b4pXkSl
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 19, 2018
Betts’ great grab prevented the Astros from starting a rally and cutting into Boston’s then 4-0 lead in the sixth inning.
David Price had been rolling to that point with a career-high nine strikeouts in a postseason game. Price was able to successfully complete six scoreless innings, lining him up for his first career postseason win.
As for Bregman and the Astros, this capped what was a tough run of luck during the ALCS. It was Bregman who was also robbed of a potential game-tying or even game-winning hit by Andrew Benintendi on the final out of Game 4. The Red Sox won each of the last four games to clinch their first World Series berth since 2013.
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