Moncada’s heroics started with a tying solo home run against Astros closer Ken Giles in the ninth inning He caught up to a 99 mph fastball and hit it out to the opposite field like it was nothing. Look at this:
There are not many players in baseball strong enough to drive that pitch — that’s 99 mph on the outside corner, pretty excellent pitch — the other way with authority. There certainly aren’t many 22-year-olds strong enough to do it. That’s why Moncada was considered the best prospect in baseball coming into the season.
Homer to tie it in the ninth and a walk-off single in the 11th? That is definitely much cooler than whatever I was doing when I was 22. Moncada is a special, special talent, and he showed why Thursday night.
The Astros, by the way, were swept in the three-game series by the lowly White Sox. Houston is now 11-14 since the All-Star break. Fortunately they still have a 12 1/2 game lead in the AL West, so they have plenty of time to figure this out.