Carlos Correa and Ken Giles were the two current Astros players who skipped yesterday’s White House visit. Giles had a family commitment. Correa had a commitment of a different kind:
“It was not politics or anything. It was just that the day off was perfect to be able to provide some help for the people in Puerto Rico in need.”
Specifically, he was helping to arrange relief supplies for shipment to Puerto Rico. His homeland was ravaged by Hurricane Maria in September and is still working to recover. This continues work Correa has done since last fall when he helped send a plane of supplies to Puerto Rico in October.
“It’s an honor to be invited to the White House. I want to thank the president for all the help he provided to my second hometown, which is Houston, and some of the help he’s provided to Puerto Rico, but we’re still in need in Puerto Rico.”
It does not take a linguistics expert to parse that comment and note that Correa is likely displeased with the Trump Administration’s response.
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.