I think we can all agree that it’s never a good thing to give up a grand slam. But if you are going to give one up, you would want it to be early. That’s what took place on Sunday night in Game 5 of the World Series as the Houston Astros trailed 4-0 after the bottom of the first due to Adam Duvall’s four-run four-bagger. But the Astros had been there before, and they responded virtually right away, plating a pair of runs in both the second and third frames to tie the game.
Alex Bregman doubled and Martin Maldonado, who played a key role in this must-have victory, hit a sac fly in the second before Carlos Correa doubled in the third and Luis Gurriel grounded his way to an RBI. Freddie Freeman homered in the bottom of the third to restore the Atlanta Braves’ lead at 5-4, but that would prove to be their final run of the evening. Maldonado drew a walk with the bases loaded to even up the contest in the top of the fifth ahead of pinch-hitter Marwin Gonzalez’s single to left field. The Astros led 7-5 after five, and Maldonado added an eighth run in the top of the seventh with a single. Correa tacked on one more in the eighth, and that was all the insurance required to close out the Braves and force a Game 6 back in Houston for Tuesday night. The Astros are still down 3-2 in the series, but their bats are alive and the momentum looks to be in their corner once again.