Astros Earn Bizarre Walk-Off Win vs. Padres as Eric Hosmer Misplays Pop-Up

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2018

Houston Astros' Alex Bregman celebrates his walkoff single during the tenth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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There are heartbreaking ways to lose a game...and then there's the way the San Diego Padres fell to the Houston Astros on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

For more than three hours, the two teams were locked in a scoreless duel. Neither team could find a way to cross the plate, so it went to extra innings. Even in the 10th inning, it looked like the game would continue on—but baseball is a funny game.

With Derek Fisher on second with two outs, Houston third baseman Alex Bregman popped the 3-2 pitch sky-high just a few feet in front of the plate. It looked like an easy out, especially with four-time Gold Glover Eric Hosmer coming in to make a play. But he overran the ball. And it dropped.

What an unbelievable way for the only run of the game to score.

Here's what it looked like on the Astros' Twitter account:

As MLB Director of Baseball Research & Development Daren Willman noted, the likelihood of the ball dropping in for a hit was very slim:

You never know what can happen when you put the ball in play.

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