Petriello: Bregman’s split-second call preserves Game 7 shutout

From Mike Petriello at on October 22, 2017:

There was a moment in the middle of Saturday’s Game 7 of the American League Championship Series where it felt like the tables could have turned. Yes, the Astros ended up winning 4-0 with relative ease to clinch a trip to the Fall Classic, but it didn’t always look that way.

In the fifth, the Astros were up 1-0, but the Yankees were challenging, with men at the corners and one out. Houston starter Charlie Morton had been fantastic, but his struggles getting through a lineup multiple times are well-known, and he’d already allowed a double and a walk in the inning. With No. 8 hitter Todd Frazier up, the Yanks were just two hitters away from seeing the top of their lineup for a third time.

A single would have tied the game; an extra-base hit might have cost the Astros the lead and forced them to make a comeback against the Yankees’ deep bullpen in this finale of the ALCS presented by Camping World. Instead, a fantastic defensive play from third baseman Alex Bregman and catcher Brian McCann prevented New York from tying it up by mere inches. The Yanks never would up scoring — either in the inning or the game — and now Houston is headed to Los Angeles for Tuesday’s Game 1 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV.

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Originally published: October 23, 2017. Last Updated: October 23, 2017.