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Jose Altuve stole 3rd because his teammate’s bat got in the way

During Friday’s Red Sox-Astros game, Boston up 2-1 in the eighth inning, Jose Altuve got away with stealing third base. Catcher Christian Vazquez did his best to throw to third, but Evan Gattis’ bat got in the way. Seeing as it was unintentional, there was nothing the umpire could do about it �� shortly after, the Red Sox turned a double play to end the inning, keep the score at 2-1, and eventually win the game.

You may recall a similar incident during Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS between the Rangers and Blue Jays, which SB Nation’s Grant Brisbee titled Choogate.

With Rougned Odor on third, Russell Martin tried to throw back to Aaron Sanchez while Shin-Soo Choo was at bat. However, the throw was deflected by Choo’s bat, turning it into a live ball and giving Odor a chance to score a run. A lot of anger was shown after the incident, but then it was overshadowed by Jose Bautista’s home run and bat flip.

Pitching is the backbone of Kevin O’Sullivan’s outfit this year, and from starter Alex Faedo to closer Michael Byrne, these Gators can throw themselves out of virtually every situation they find themselves in. Faedo was drafted by the Detroit Tigers earlier in the week, and it’ll be surprising if he doesn’t get the ball in Florida’s opener against No. 6 TCU.

The Gators don’t necessarily need to score a truckload of runs to beat a team like, say, Louisville, and that can play as an advantage in long-ranging Omaha. In fact, the Gators hadn’t won a game on a walk-off this season until the first game of their super regional tilt against Wake Forest. The lineup does feature hitters, though, most notably catcher JJ Schwarz, who has three homers in the tournament so far.

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