The criticism stems from a double Springer hit late in the game off of Nationals reliever Daniel Hudson with the team down one run. Springer thought it was a home run and watched it go, but it only turned out to be a two-bagger. The outfielder would be left on base and fail to score.
Although Springer was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in the 5-4 loss, he was still facing questions over whether he should have run the ball out in the eighth inning against Hudson in an effort to possibly turn the double into a triple.
“I don’t want to necessarily run as fast as I can because, for some reason, if [Kyle Tucker] tags or whatever the case and I run by him, it’s not good. I was watching the outfielder,” Springer said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “If I had gone to third, I’m out. I’m out for sure.”
Astros manager A.J. Hinch was also asked about the play, according to USA Today.
“I’ll have to take a look at it,” Hinch said. “I didn’t see that. There was a lot going on in that play.”
The Nationals own a 1-0 lead in the series.