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ESPN’s Pedro Gomez covered the Oakland A’s home and away nearly every day from 1992-97 for the San Jose Mercury News and Sacramento Bee and then became the national baseball writer and later a general columnist at the Arizona Republic before becoming an ESPN bureau reporter in 2003.
SAN DIEGO — There is a somewhat universal baseball phrase in Latin American countries that goes, “Despues del error, viene el hit.”
Venezuelan Jose Altuve, like every player from Latin America, is very familiar with this piece of philosophy. It means, “After the error, comes the hit.”
And boy did it ever come to fruition against the Houston Astros after Altuve, a six-time All-Star and one-time Gold Glove winner, committed what turned out to be a backbreaking gaffe in the first inning when he short-hopped what should have been an easy, inning-ending throw to first baseman Yuli Gurriel.
Two pitches later, Manuel Margot slammed a three-run shot over the center-field fence, sending outfielder George Springer to grab his knees as he bent over in disbelief. The Tampa Bay Rays went on to win 4-2 and take a 2-0 lead in the