St. John’s baseball: Cody Stashak gives up go-ahead home run vs. Astros

Former St. John's baseball pitcher Cody Stashak. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Former St. John's baseball pitcher Cody Stashak. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports /

Former St. John’s baseball standout Cody Stashak gave up the go-ahead home run against the Houston Astros.

There are some teams that know how to win in the postseason and some teams that only know how to lose.

The Houston Astros are one of those teams that know how to win when the bright lights come on and the pressure is at its highest and the Minnesota Twins are quite the opposite.

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In a year where only 60 Major League Baseball games were played in the regular season, the Twins are 24-7 at home and in Minnesota has already dropped two home postseason games and have become the first team eliminated in the expanded 2020 MLB Playoffs.

Following a deflating 3-1 loss in Game 1 to the Houston Astros thanks to a costly error by Jorge Polanco, the bats were ice cold again for the Twins in Game 2.

For the second straight game Minnesota loaded the bases in the first inning but unable to score as that set the tone for the game again.

After the Astros stuck first in the 4th inning with a run, the Twins responded in the 5th inning with a run of its own.

The two teams went scoreless to the 7th inning before Houston’s All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa took a slider 430-feet off of former St. John’s pitcher Cody Stashak to give the Astros a 2-1 lead.

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Stashak, who entered the game to start the 6th inning in replace of starting pitcher Jose Berrios, had faced the minimum number of batters until Correa came up to bat, retiring the side in the 6th and the first two batters he faced in the 7th.

The home run proved to be the winning run of the ball game as the Astros swept the Twins in the best-of-three series, as the former Johnnie was credited with the loss, his first decision in his postseason career.

Houston did add another run in the ninth inning to make the score 3-1, which was the result they would go on to win by.

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Cody Stashak, in his second postseason but is still considered a rookie according to Major League Baseball service time rules, will try and regroup and help his team win a postseason game next year after the Twins have lost 18 straight playoff games.

The Houston Astros will advance to play the winner of the Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox in the American League Division Series at the neutral site location of Petco Park in San Diego, California.