Puerto Rican Martín “Machete” Maldonado grew up in the batting box when the Astros needed him most with three RBIs, and his compatriot Carlos Correa had a couple of important hits while continuing to show off with the glove, to help Houston to defeat the Atlanta Braves 9-5 in Game 5 of the World Series and spoil the celebration at Park.
Martín “Machete” Maldonado reveals the first exchange he had with Eddie Rosario when they met in the World Series
Carlos Correa does not hide his enthusiasm for winning a Gold Glove: “It’s something I’ve been working on really hard”
The Braves have the Astros against the wall in the World Series: How have they done it?
Now the Fall Classic returns to Houston’s Minute Maid Park for at least one more game, the sixth, which will take place this Tuesday at 8:00 pm Still down 3-2 in the series, the Astros will seek to come from behind after falling behind 3-1, to tie the hostilities and force a decider that would be played on Wednesday, also at home.
Maldonado and Correa combined to drive in five of the Astros’ nine runs, hitting a combined 8-4 with one run scored.
What seemed like a ‘death sentence’ against Houston, a bases-loaded homer from Adam Duvall in the same first inning and the Astros against the wall, was not decisive for a team whose manager Dusty Baker said the night before his boys usually react after being whitewashed.
He was referring to Saturday’s setback, 2-0, with which Houston fell into a hole with the possibility of being eliminated in Atlanta, which was looking to celebrate at home its first World Series title since 1995.
And the bats of the best offense of all the majors in the regular season began to discount little by little, not with big hits, but with a lot of patience.
The Braves attacked first, and very early, when they loaded the bases in the first inning. Jorge Soler led off with a single off Houston starter Framber Valdez. After eliminating Freddie Freeman with a fly, Ozzie Albies reached base on pick play, leaving Soler out at second base.
The crowd at Truist Park began cheering and chanting ‘MVP, MVP’ when Austin Riley came to the box, and third baseman responded by hitting a single to left field. Then with two outs, Puerto Rican Eddie Rosario came to bat, who booked a free ticket to fill the pads.