The Houston Astros took back control of the ALCS on Tuesday night, with a huge 4-1 win against the New York Yankees in Game 3 at Yankee Stadium. Astros outfielder Josh Reddick played a huge role in the win.
In the second inning, Reddick homered off of laboring Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino, to push the Astros to a 2-0 lead. The solo shot wound up being the deciding run in the game, thanks to a fantastic outing by Houston star Gerrit Cole, who didn’t have his best stuff, but managed to hold New York to four hits through seven scoreless innings.
The boos that Reddick received when he ran out for the bottom of the second inning were not unexpected. Yankee Stadium in the postseason is a loud, tough venue to play in.
What happened later in the game after a controversial call, however, drew the ire off the Astros outfielder.
In the bottom of the eighth, Yankees veteran Edwin Encarnacion appeared to have legged out an infield single, but was ruled out after a replay review. Fans were furious after the call, and some reportedly threw objects, including baseballs and water bottles, onto the field.
After the game, Josh Reddick made sure to call out the New York fans for that behavior. From ESPN:
“You throw a baseball hard enough and hit somebody in the head when they’re not looking, it could do some damage to the player, so it’s definitely disrespectful and at the same time very unsafe,” Reddick said.
“I don’t think fans realize when they do that that you could hit a player. You hit a baseball player with a baseball from the third deck, it’s got a little bit of movement on it, so it can definitely do some damage to you, and it’s frustrating to see as a player in the outfield,” Reddick said. “I saw water bottles and, like, two baseballs. There were two souvenir baseballs thrown in center and left field. I got all the water bottles in right.”
Heckles and taunts from the stands, especially the Yankee Stadium bleachers, are all well within what you expect from a huge game like the one last night.
Throwing objects, especially ones as potentially dangerous as baseballs at unsuspecting players, is obviously well beyond acceptable fan behavior though.
Due to tonight’s postponement, Game 4 of the Astros-Yankees series will be played on Thursday night in the Bronx.