Astros George Springer defends himself for lack of hustle criticism in Game 1 of World Series
George Springer was quick to defend himself for not hustling out a double in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 1 of the World Series.
“I don’t want to necessarily run as fast as I can because, for some reason,” said the Astros outfielder in his postgame interview of Houston’s 5-4 loss to the Washington Nationals, “if (Kyle Tucker) tags or whatever the case and I run by him, it’s not good. I was watching the outfielder.
“If I had gone to third, I’m out. I’m out for sure.”
With one out and the Astros trailing 5-3, Springer hit a long fly ball off the right-center field wall that scored Tucker from second base. But Tucker was forced to hold up at second in case Nationals right fielder Adam Eaton had made the catch.
Had Springer, who was seen hopping out of the box on his way to first base, made it to third, he potentially could have tied the game by tagging up on Jose Altuve’s line out to right field. After Altuve, Michael Brantley lined out to left field to end the eighth inning with the Nationals holding a 5-4 lead.