Published On: Thu, Aug 4th, 2022

Astros’ Yordan Alvarez gets 4 strikes, nobody bats an eye: ‘Everybody missed it’


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Houston Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez got away with one and the Boston Red Sox caught a break.

In the bottom of the third inning, Alvarez faced off against pitcher Rich Hill. The batter was delivered a ball on the first pitch and a called strike on the second. Alvarez fouled off the third pitch.

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Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez watches his hit in the bottom of the third inning against the Boston Red Sox, Aug. 3, 2022, at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez watches his hit in the bottom of the third inning against the Boston Red Sox, Aug. 3, 2022, at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.
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On the fourth pitch, the umpire called what should have been strike three but didn’t punch Alvarez out.

Nobody noticed.

Hill got a chance to get Alvarez out on strikeout and luckily the designated hitter grounded out.

Astros manager Dusty Baker said he didn’t realize what had happened until after the game.

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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rich Hill throws a pitch in the bottom of the second inning against the Boston Red Sox, Aug. 3, 2022, at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rich Hill throws a pitch in the bottom of the second inning against the Boston Red Sox, Aug. 3, 2022, at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.
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“Everybody missed it,” Baker said.

Hill and the Red Sox definitely caught a break. Alvarez entered the game Wednesday with a major-league leading .413 on-base percentage and 1.076 OPS. He has 30 home runs and 71 RBI. He hit 33 home runs last season as he started to make an impact on the team.

He made the All-Star Game for the first time this season.

Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez watches the pitch in the bottom of the third inning against the Boston Red Sox, Aug. 3, 2022, at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez watches the pitch in the bottom of the third inning against the Boston Red Sox, Aug. 3, 2022, at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.
(Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Houston won the game, 6-1. Jose Altuve was 4-for-4 with a run scored. Kyle Tucker had two RBI and Trey Mancini hit his first home run since being traded to Houston.



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