Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is having the game of his life in Game 1 of the ALDS. Having already launched two homers against Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale, the possible AL MVP stepped up to the plate and blasted his third.
— SportsNotes (@SportsNotes23) October 5, 2017
Altuve became the ninth player to ever hit three home runs in a playoff game. The last was Pablo Sandoval, who hit three in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series. Interestingly enough, Sandoval hit two of his three against Altuve’s teammate, Game 1 starter Justin Verlander.
It also gave the Astros an 8-2 lead in what’s been an absolute rout of the Red Sox.