Houston, as you know, the Astros have problems.
The Houston Astros lost in stunning walk-off fashion to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday by way of an error that could eventually come to symbolize an entire wayward season. With the game tied 4-4, the bases loaded and two away in the bottom of the ninth, Astros pitcher Edgar Gonzalez induced a pop up off the bat of Russell Martin.
"A fly ball ... looks like we're going to extra innings." one of the announcers calling the game at PNC Park said as Astros second baseman Jake Elmore drifted back into shallow right field.
But looks can be deceiving and routine plays cane become adventures when these Astros are involved. Elmore collided with right fielder Jimmy Paredes as both attempted to get under Martin's fly. They both got there but neither got the ball. It dropped. Travis Snider scampered home from third and the Pirates celebrated an unlikely walk-off win.
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"In that situation, everybody thinks to catch the ball and make the third out," Paredes said, via MLB.com. "I tried to do the best job, but that happens sometimes in this game. We try to learn in that situation, from that error."
One year removed being the worst team in the National League, the Houston Astros now have the only set of keys for the cellar in the AL.