WATCH: Dusty Baker Sends Motivating Gesture to José Altuve as He Makes Postseason History With Houston Astros

Published 10/28/2021, 8:45 AM EDT
Oct 27, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning in game two of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports


After suffering defeat in Game 1, the Houston Astros put in a strong performance to tie the World Series against the Atlanta Braves yesterday. Once again, the Astros’ hitters rose to the fore, with second baseman José Altuve leading the charge against the NL Pennant winners.

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The 31-year-old scored a splendid solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Following the home run, Astros manager Dusty Baker made a signal to the Venezuelan since he made more postseason history.

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Houston Astros star José Altuve smashes 22nd postseason career home run

Altuve got the Astros off to a fine start in the bottom of the first inning. The Venezuelan scored their first run of the game, giving them a 1-0 lead at the end of the inning. Although the Braves tied the game in the top of the second, the Astros took control in the bottom of the inning.

They scored four game-changing runs with Jose Siri, Martin Maldonado and Michael Brantley recording RBIs. With a 5-1 lead after the inning, the Astros didn’t look back. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Yuli Gurriel added another RBI for the AL Pennant winners, before Altuve struck big in the seventh.

Oct 27, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) rounds the bases after a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning in game two of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The 31-year-old smashed a 92mph pitch from Drew Smyly straight into the stands to score a solo home run. This marked Altuve’s 22nd postseason career home run, which tied him with Bernie Williams in the all-time list. After reaching the dugout, Baker called the Venezuelan, before signalling that he achieved this landmark.

Altuve is only seven home runs away from Manny Ramirez, who leads the list with 29. With a minimum of three games and a maximum of five left in this year’s World Series, expect Altuve to come close to, if not reach, that mark.

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Game 3 to take place on Friday

The series now shifts to Atlanta with the series tied 1-1. While the Braves put up good performances in Houston, they will hope to make the most of home advantage to lead the series.

Oct 27, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) and center fielder Jose Siri (26) celebrate defeating the Atlanta Braves in game two of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The next three games in Truist Park start with Game 3 on Friday. Whether the Braves can bounce back at home, or the Astros build on their Game 2 victory, only time will tell.

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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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