A Premature Celebration
Then KC’s vaunted bullpen betrayed them. Ryan Madson replaced Kelvin Herrera after Herrera issued a walk to open the bottom of the seventh. Correa then slammed his second home run of the game, and his fourth RBI, for what appeared to be a finishing blow. With the Astros up 5-2, the Royals looked all but dead. Just to drive the stake even deeper, Colby Rasmus followed with a rainbow shot that stayed just inside the right field foul pole. Ahead, 6-2, Houston fans started to celebrate their ALDS win.
Heck, even Texas governor Greg Abbott jumped on the early celebration train:
Notice that neither the Rangers or Astros have won a playoff game since this premature Tweet by Abbot’s account. Both Texas and Houston failed to advance in 2015, and the Blue Jays swept the Rangers 3-0 in the 2016 ALDS despite Texas coming into the series with the AL’s best regular season record.
One thing most people forget about this game is that Ryan Madson recovered to strand runners on second and third with one out in the seventh. If he tanks, the eighth-inning comeback might not have happened. Four runs was bad enough, but five or more would have made it an even higher mountain to climb.