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August 20, 2014

What You Need to Know

August 20, 2014

by Daniel Rathman


The Tuesday Takeaway
As the adage goes, baseball is a game of second chances. Usually.

It was true for Chris Carter with two on, one out, and the Astros and Yankees tied in the ninth. With a red-hot hitter at the plate with a 3-0 count, manager Bo Porter decided it was a good time to give the green light ...

... and the big man rewarded his skipper with his 30th home run of the year. The three-run shot off David Robertson was the game-winner, as Chad Qualls silenced the Yankees in the ninth.

Carter struck out in his other four at-bats on Tuesday, once with the Astros trailing 2-1 and two runners on in the fifth. But nothing washes away a golden sombrero like a clutch dinger.

According to the Baseball-Reference Play Index, the 28-year-old became the 73rd player in the last century to go exactly 1-for-5 with a home run and four punchouts. He’s the first to do so as his team’s designated hitter since David Justice did it for the Yankees against the Red Sox on April 22, 2001. Like Carter, Justice saved his only productive swing of the day for the biggest moment: His long ball was a walk-off solo shot against Derek Lowe in the 10th inning. Both goat-to-hero stories took place in the Bronx.

Carter’s blast was the first authored against Robertson since June 1st, a span of 28 appearances. It was Carter’s league-high ninth this month.

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