To steal or not to steal? A look at Adolis Garcia’s eighth-inning out at third in 2-1 loss to Astros
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HOUSTON — Adolis Garcia was at second base — so, in scoring position — with one out in the eighth inning Saturday and one of the Rangers’ hottest hitters at the plate, Kole Calhoun.
The Rangers were down a run after Garcia had just knocked one in.
Astros right-hander Hector Nerris was paying no attention to Garcia, not even looking at him to make him think there might be a pick-off play at second.
Garcia took off for third, the pitch was a high strike, and catcher Jason Castro had a clear throwing lane (Calhoun is a left-handed hitter).
Garcia’s right arm beat the throw. The problem is, Alex Bregman’s foot blocked that hand off the base and he tagged Garcia’s left arm just before it touched the bag. A replay confirmed that initial out call, and the Rangers’ rally was dead in what became a 2-1 loss.
The decision to attempt a steal there while already in position to score on a hit mystified some fans who were watching the game.