Astros Win on One of the Weirdest Walk-Offs in Baseball History

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

Alex Bregman already had three walk-off hits this season. Bregman took off for first, but Lucroy calmly picked up the ball and. threw it past first base, allowing the winning run to score.

As the Astros announcer noted: "How do you lose a game on that?"

His freaky walk-off on Tuesday wasn't even his first like it. Bregman hit a similar pop-up walk-off in April, though that ball got a little bit more air time. Bregman hit a little tapper up the first base line that was fielded by A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

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With Houston's game against the Oakland A's tied up 5-5 in the bottom of the 11th, Bregman tapped the ball about five feet from the plate. Bregman stayed in the baseline while running, so he wasn't called out for interference. However, Bregman then juked backwards as Lucroy attempted to tag him out.

Except the ball went off Bregman's helmet and into right field.

"(The ending) was weird because I swung at a frightful pitch that I shouldn't have swung at", Bregman told reporters (via Mark Berman of Houston TV station KRIV). This makes something of a trend for Bregman, as he also won the Astros an April game with an infield fly misplayed Eric Hosmer. He was named to the AL All-Star team Sunday.

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