WATCH: Houston Astros’ José Altuve Saved by Controversial Umpire Call In MLB World Series 2021 Game 5

Published 11/01/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Oct 31, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) steals second base against Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) during the eighth inning of game five of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports


The Houston Astros produced a strong performance to clinch Game 5 of the World Series against the Atlanta Braves yesterday. While the AL Pennant winners kept themselves alive in the Fall Classic, controversy took over in the eighth inning.

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José Altuve found himself in the middle of the storm as he attempted to steal a base. Although the umpires used instant replay to review their decision, the outcome ultimately left several fans enraged.

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Controversy erupts as umpires declare José Altuve safe in the eighth inning

Facing a do-or-die situation, the Astros fell behind massively in the bottom of the first inning. With all bases loaded, Adam Duvall smashed a monstrous hit to record a Grand Slam which gave the Braves a 4-0 lead right from the off.

Despite this setback, the Astros fought back to tie the game in the next two innings. Alex Bregman, Martin Maldonado, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel recorded crucial RBIs to level the scores at four apiece.

Oct 31, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) hits an RBI double against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning of game five of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Freddie Freeman then scored a solo home run for the Braves to give them a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the third. However, this would be the NL Pennant winners’ last runs as the Astros brought their A-game to take an 8-5 lead after the seventh inning.

During the top of the eighth inning, Altuve attempted to catch Braves’ relief pitcher Drew Smyly off guard to steal second base. On spotting Altuve’s attempt, Smyly threw the ball to Freeman, who threw it to shortstop Dansby Swanson. The umpire adjudged the Venezuelan to be safe, a call against which the Braves took a review.

While replays showed Altuve was just inches away from the base when Swanson tagged him, the umpires declared he was safe. Ultimately, the 31-year-old scored the final run of the game as Correa added another RBI to his tally, with the Astros winning 9-5.

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Can the Houston Astros benefit from home advantage?

Although they won Game 5, Game 6 remains a win-or-go-home game for the 2017 World Series champions. However, they will play tomorrow’s game in the Minute Maid Park, which could give them some respite.

Oct 31, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Atlanta Braves in game five of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

After two low-scoring games, the Astros finally produced a fine hitting display yesterday. And with their fans behind them tomorrow, expect them to produce another fighting performance under the lights tomorrow.

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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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