Marwin González and Martín Maldonado respond to the good hour with the bat


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Marwin González and Martín Maldonado respond to the good hour with the bat

ATLANTA – Marwin Gonzalez was welcomed from his first day by what he considers his baseball family, as if he had never left. And his main desire since he was activated on the World Series roster was to give them back some of what they have given him.

Gonzalez entered the fifth inning as a pinch hitter and the full house to hit his first hit of the series, which broke a 5-5 tie at the time and produced both runs of a lead, which the Astros would never lose.

More importantly, a hit that started the World Series road home, after beating the Atlanta Braves 9-5, when the Astros once again looked hopeless at Truist Park.

“It means a lot to me,” Gonzalez said as Game 5 of the World Series ended. “I played with some of these guys for seven years. They are more than just teammates, they are my family and they always made me feel at home. Now we go to Houston, where it will always be better to sleep in your bed than in a hotel.”

“I am very grateful to be here,” he stressed.

González played for the Astros from 2012 to 2018, before moving on to Minnesota and then Boston, where he was released on August 23; four days later he was hired by the team with which he was champion in 2017.

He only appeared in 14 regular season games and was dropped from the roster in the division and championship series. But he was never discouraged.

“I was practicing every day with the team,” González mentioned. “I would go to the (batting) box and some days I would take batting practice with the team as well. I was not on the roster for the first two series, but I was doing my job in the clubhouse, supporting my teammates. that’s what I’m here. “

For many, it came as a surprise when the Astros placed Gonzalez on the World Series roster, who had appeared in just 14 regular-season games with a .176 batting average and eight RBIs.

“This guy has done it in the past,” manager Dusty Baker said of the decision to take him on the show. “He still wants to play. He’s not out of shape, or overweight. He didn’t do so well the last couple of years in Minnesota and Boston, but we knew he was fixable.”

“He has World Series experience and he doesn’t get scared by the whole environment,” he added. “We know that he can play various positions and that he is hitting ambidextrous. That gives us a lot of flexibility. And today he did what he can do.”

MALDONADO MEETS THE BAT

The options in different positions, the margin of error is less and less for the Astros and that also applies to the receiver position, where the substitute of the holder Martín Maldonado, Jason Castro, left the World Series in the Covid protocol.

Maldonado had produced practically nothing in the entire series until Sunday night with three RBIs, which, as in the case of González, propelled the victory of the Astros.

And he responded patiently by working a base on balls, before González, in that same inning, to momentarily tie the game, by provoking a “rocking horse” race.

In the second inning, Maldonado had already driven in his first run in the game with a sacrifice fly and in the seventh he capped his job Sunday with an RBI single.

“Maldy was there struggling, instead of looking at the board,” Baker said. “Maldy always goes out to try to get things done in some way, even if they’re not working at the moment.”


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