Carlos Correa sounds off after Astros take Game 1 over Red Sox
Carlos Correa has been here before. The Houston Astros shortstop has already played in almost 70 postseason games despite being just 27 years old. The big-time moments no longer faze him, but rather he anticipates them.
The Astros star proved exactly that in Game 1 of the ALCS, coming up with three hits, including the go-ahead home run that put Houston up for good in the bottom of the seventh inning. Carlos knew it was his time to shine, but checked his watch for good measure.
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Via Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle:
“When the playoffs start, (my teammates) always tell me ‘It’s your time now,'” said the Astros slugger. “They told me to hit the watch when I hit the homer.”
Correa also made sure to give credit to the pitching staff, with the Houston bullpen keeping the Red Sox at bay, save for a ninth-inning solo shot from Kike Hernandez that didn’t impact the final result.
“I love our bullpen,” Correa said. “I have a lot of confidence. It’s about mixing and matching and having the right pockets for the guys. We have enough guys to get the job done and I truly believe our bullpen was outstanding today.”
Jose Altuve, who launched a two-run blast himself that tied the game, voiced his appreciation for his Astros co-star.
“He is amazing,” said second baseman Jose Altuve, who struck a two-run shot in the sixth to tie the game. “He likes this kind of game. He wants to go out there and hit big homers. It seems like he expects to go out there and do it. So, if you’re expecting something, eventually you’re going to make it happen. That’s him.”
Astros fans can only hope Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve can keep this momentum going as they go right back at it for Game 2.