In the middle of the Houston Astros’ second consecutive victory over the New York Yankees, Minute Maid Park became a playground, and major leaguers morphed into pre-teen pickup basketball players.
The Yankees had a man on second base in Saturday’s fifth inning, trailing the Astros by one run. Justin Verlander whipped a slider across the zone, and Todd Frazier sent a liner soaring toward the visiting bullpen beyond left-center.
Soon, the second game of the American League Championship Series felt like after school in a suburb somewhere.
Frazier’s drive lodged itself between chain-link fencing and a uselessly high piece of padding, and the tying run scored as he...