Jose Altuve hit a drive to the right-field wall in the first inning and Boston's Mookie Betts leaped to try and make a play on the ball just beyond the fence, but it bounced off a fan's hands. Now Houston's chances to repeat as World Series champions are almost out of reach after an 8-6 loss on Wednesday night that put the Red Sox ahead 3-1 in the best-of-seven matchup.
Baseball is hit and miss, however, and it shouldn't be, especially when a berth in the world series is on the line. I'm not sure Mookie makes that catch. "At that point, it was either do or die". "Two or three guys don't do that, it's a full team and I think today, this whole series, this whole playoffs has been a display of that".
"It's hard. It's always hard", said Verlander, who's been to the playoffs seven times in 14 years and owns one World Series ring. ". I'm sorry. At the end of the day, I don't think that caused them to lose the game".
To recap, Bregman took a shot at righty Nathan Eovaldi before Game 3, when he posted video of himself and the Astros lighting Eovaldi up for three home runs earlier in the season.
On his 43rd birthday, Cora became the first manager from Puerto Rico to take a team to the World Series.
Had he not made the catch, all three runs likely would've scored, and the Red Sox would've lost the game. If it was still on the near side of the wall, Betts had to be given his chance to catch it unmolested.
Betts and the Red Sox then protested that the fan interfered with the catch, and after a long conference, the umpires decided that it was fan interference.
But the play that Andrew Benintendi made for the final out of the game managed to eclipse Betts' highlight-reel throw.
Much like with the NRL bunker, MLB's video replay system requires there be enough compelling evidence to overturn an on-field call.
"We do feel that we have the best outfield in the big leagues", Boston's first-year manager Alex Cora said. "And I was pretty positive that ball was going in my glove".
"I jumped and went over, reached my hand up, I felt like somebody was kind of pushing my glove out of the way or something", Betts said.
"That ball was gone no matter what", said Caldwell, a lifelong Astros fan from Houston who now lives in Atlanta.
Across Houston and the nation, people couldn't stop talking about the controversial call during Game 4 of the American Championship League Series. A lesser athlete would have never even been in position to draw a fan interference call in Game 4, and Betts proved his athleticism by making a near-identical catch in Game 5.
What Caldwell says: "I promise you I didn't do anything wrong", he says, per the Houston Chronicle.
They didn't, and now are facing elimination.