Houston Astros: Tyler White’s first-career grand slam ties a franchise record

Houston Astros infielder Tyler White (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Houston Astros infielder Tyler White (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Houston Astros infielder Tyler White needed a spark and he was able to get one against the Yankees Sunday with a grand slam that ties the franchise record.

Houston Astros fans — the losing streak is finally over and the team is looking to get back on track to their winning ways.  It has been several seasons since the team has lost that many games — seven I might add — in a row; but, as always, streaks, good or bad, come to an end.

It seemed that the Houston Astros were determined in today’s game to stop this ugly notion of what went in motion over the past week or so and they were able to get a quality, 9-4 win over the New York Yankees today.

It all started with a Jose Altuve homer at the top of the 1st to left and then a Michael Brantley single to center that got Altuve to home plate to put the team up 2-0.

But it wasn’t until the top of the 4th inning when Tyler White came up to bat with the bases loaded.  The deck was already stacked against him as he’s been struggling as of late and his roster spot could still be in jeopardy when the team returns to full health.

I know that this has been within the back of his mind for quite some time and that he wanted to at least end the talk about him not cutting the mustard anymore.

But the table was set — Yuli Gurriel, Robinson Chirinos and Josh Reddick all got themselves on

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base with respective singles on their own and it was up for White to try to make something happen.

He certainly did as it was just the second pitch within his at-bat off a J.A. Happ two-seam fastball to where he was able to pull that baby out to right center field which was the spark that ignited a wave of homers by Yordan Alvarez and Gurriel to pretty much put the nail in the coffin.

This was White’s first-career grand slam and it actually ties a franchise record for the Houston Astros, going to show how potent these bats can be when the switch is turned on.

White is proving that the chapter of his career with the Houston Astros isn’t finished and that he still has value on this roster.  He’s still got some work to do.

I certainly wish him the best in regard to that and it just feels good to get a win once again courtesy of White’s efforts.

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White has been hitting .229/.342/.355 with a .697 OPS with three home runs and 15 RBIs through 166 at-bats this season.