WATCH: José Altuve Denied Crucial Home Run by Heroic Catch From Eddie Rosario of Atlanta Braves

Published 10/31/2021, 8:45 AM EDT
Oct 30, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Eddie Rosario (8) high fives right fielder Joc Pederson (22) after making a catch at the wall against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of game four of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


Ever since he joined the Atlanta Braves midway through the ongoing MLB season, Eddie Rosario has been a key figure in the team. And on October 30th, the 30-year-old continued his show of excellence in the postseason, taking a brilliant catch in Game 4 of the World Series.

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Not only did the catch end the Houston Astros’ eighth inning, but it became a pivotal moment for the Braves as they scored a narrow 3-2 victory over the AL Pennant winners.

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Eddie Rosario takes a sensational catch in the eighth inning of Game 4

José Altuve got the Astros off to a decent start, scoring their first run in the top of the first inning courtesy a base hit from Carlos Correa. While the Braves struggled to tie the game early, Altuve continued his good form in this year’s playoffs, smashing a home run in the top of the fourth to give the Astros a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Braves took a step towards retaliation. Austin Riley scored an RBI which saw Rosario halve their deficit. Then, Dansby Swanson and Jorge Soler smashed solo home runs in the bottom of the seventh to give them a crucial 3-2 lead.

After the Braves scored two outs in the top of the eighth, Altuve took to the home plate once again. Under immense pressure, the Venezuelan smashed an 86mph pitch off Luke Jackson impressively. In fact, he seemed confident it would go for a home run as he threw his bat to the ground.

However, Rosario had other ideas. The 30-year-old, running backwards, leaped to take a catch before bouncing off the wall. This triggered a wave of joy in Truist Park, as fans knew their Braves stood at the doorstep of an important victory.

In 26 out of 30 MLB stadiums, Altuve’s hit would fly into the stands for a home run. However, Rosario’s excellent catch showed that the Truist Park wouldn’t be one of them.

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The Atlanta Braves are just a win away from ending their World Series drought

Game 5 later today promises to be an intense showdown between the Braves and the Astros. While the latter find themselves in a do-or-die situation, the Braves are on the cusp of ending a 26-year World Series drought.

Oct 30, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Will Smith (51) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Houston Astros in game four of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Very few will now doubt the Braves’ capability to produce another excellent performance and clinch the series. However, the Astros will look to improve on certain aspects of their game to stay alive in the series following consecutive narrow defeats in Atlanta.

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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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