Astros win with weird walkoff - a three-foot squibber

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2018

Tucker sprinted home with the game-winning run to complete the wild finish to the game.

In the bottom of the 11th inning in a tied 5-5 game with runners on first and second and one out, Bregman awkwardly chopped a slow-rolling dribbler that seemed to be foul.

The result was easily the weirdest walk-off play of the Major League Baseball season.

As the Astros announcer noted: "How do you lose a game on that?" Bregman didn't even make a move for first base. Bregman squibbed a ball off home plate that briefly rolled into foul territory but spun back fair. A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy picked up the ball and stood in front of Bregman's path to first base.

But a crafty dodge by Bregman made Lucroy miss and bobble the ball, which then bounced off of umpire David Rackley before falling to the ground. The A's catcher then fumbled the ball, allowing Bregman to sneak by and jog towards first.

Except the ball went off Bregman's helmet and into right field.

His freakish walk-off on Tuesday wasn't even his first like it. Bregman hit a similar pop-up walk-off in April, though that ball got a little bit more air time.

"That was definitely very weird", Bregman told reporters after the game. He was named to the AL All-Star team Sunday.

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