Screenshot via Twitter, @FS1
Screenshot via Twitter, @FS1

Filling in for Carlos Gomez, Houston Astros centerfielder Jake Marisnick fields an absolute web gem to save a run for his club in the fifth.

By Bryan Pol

Houston Astros centerfielder Jake Marisnick may be seeing a great deal of action with Carlos Gomez out day-to-day, nursing an intercostal injury.

In Game 1 of the ALDS against the Kansas City Royals, fresh off a dominant win on Tuesday against the Yankees, Marisnick, who replaced Gomez midway through Tuesday night’s game, is certainly making the most of his first postseason start.

In the top of the seventh inning, his team up 4-2 at Kauffman Stadium, Marisnick is 2-for-3 with a run scored, thanks to a Jose Altuve RBI single that put Houston up 3-0.

To add to his performance is an absolute web gem he notched in the bottom half of the fifth.

With one out, shortstop Alcides Escobar lined a shot to shallow left-center, and Marisnick charged the ball with every intent of reeling it in.  And grab it he did, much to the delight of ‘Stros fans, whose club made the postseason for the first time as an American League ball club, clinching the berth on Sunday, thanks to a Los Angeles Angels’ loss to the Texas Rangers, who clinched the AL West on the final day of the regular season.          

I am an English teacher, music and film aficionado, husband, father of two delightful boys, writer, sports fanatic, former Long Islander, and follower of Christ. Based on my Long Island upbringing, I was groomed as a Yankees, Giants, Rangers, and Knicks fan, and picked up Duke basketball, Notre Dame football, and Tottenham Hotspur football fandom along the way.