José Altuve Overtakes New York Yankees Legend With Massive Home Run For the Houston Astros vs Boston Red Sox

Published 10/20/2021, 10:45 AM EDT
Oct 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) runs the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning of game four of the 2021 ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports


Following back-to-back losses in the ongoing ALCS, the Houston Astros responded in emphatic fashion by winning Game 4 yesterday. While they produced a phenomenal hitting performance in the final inning, their second baseman José Altuve stepped up once again.

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The Venezuelan continued to impress in the postseason with massive plays in the ALCS. During the game, Altuve charted more history with a home run that levelled the scores.

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José Altuve smashes 22nd career postseason home run

Alex Bregman got the AL West champions off to a good start, smashing a solo home run in the top of the first inning. However, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts sent them into the lead in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run home run.

After six scoreless innings, Altuve tied the game for the Astros in the top of the eighth inning. The Venezuelan smashed a 96mph pitch in the strike zone off Garrett Whitlock over the famed ‘The Green Monster’ wall to get the Astros back in the game.

Oct 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) hits a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning of game four of the 2021 ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

This home run was the 21nd of Altuve’s postseason career, which continued his climb in the all-time list for the most home runs in the playoffs. With his latest home run, he overtook former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who scored 20.

His next target will be another Yankees legend, Bernie Williams, who scored 22. With a minimum of two games to go in this year’s ALCS, many would think Altuve could breach that mark this week itself.

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Altuve ended the game with two runs and one RBI for the Houston Astros

While his solo home run tied the game, Altuve also played a key part in the Astros’ ninth inning run fest. He scored one out of their seven runs in the inning, which saw the Astros march to a series-tying victory in Fenway Park.

Oct 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) celebrates with first baseman Yuli Gurriel (10) after scoring during the ninth inning of game four of the 2021 ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

With Game 5 being the last one to take place in Boston, the Astros will hope to take lead back to Houston. However, the Red Sox will look to put them in a win-or-go-home situation by beating them in today’s game.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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