As he has done his entire career, Bellaire High’s Chris Young made himself quite at home Friday night with plenty of friends and family cheering for him at Minute Maid Park. With his hometown Astros clinging to a two-run lead with one out in the top of the ninth, Young deposited a 1-1 curveball from closer Jose Veras into the Crawford Boxes for a three-run home run to give the Atheltics a come-from-behind 6-5 victory. “It’s nice to have the whole family in the stands,” said Young, who had about 40-50 friends and relatives in attendance. “It’s one of the places where you feel a lot of love, a lot of support. “Houston’s always treated me well. I like coming home, so it’s partly that and partly the yard plays pretty good for my swing.” A’s closer Grant Balfour took care of the Astros in the bottom of the ninth for his 10th save. Young entered the opener of the three-game series with a .405 career average at Minute Maid Park. After a 3-for-5 night that included a pair of singles and the three-run homer, his average at his hometown stadium sits at .418 (33-for-79). Joey Votto, who sports a .427 career average at Minute Maid Park, is the only player with at least 75 plate appearances at the downtown stadium and a higher batting average than Young’s.
Chris Young delivers blow in 9th to sink Astros
Houston Chronicle | May 25