A REAL HOMER

Astros star surprises Houston waitress with huge tip in new YouTube video

Bregman wants to bring smiles to random Houstonians. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

Alex Bregman is nervous. His hands are sweaty.

The usually steely-eyed slugger isn’t staring down a pitcher in a pivotal matchup. Rather, the Astros star is sitting at The Moonshiners Southern Table & Bar, the popular downtown restaurant he frequents with his buddies.

As cameras document his every move for his blossoming YouTube channel, he’s about to make a crucial play: surprising a young waitress with a huge tip that will help her in her hour of need. “Alex called me and told me he and some buddies were coming in,” says Sam Aceituno-Zaldaña, general manager of Moonshiners. “Then he asked me if any of my waitstaff were single moms or struggling. He’s trying to randomly do good deeds for people and wants to help.”

Turns out that Moonshiners waitress Jordan Thompson fit the bill. The college student had just reported that her car was broken into; worse, her rent money was stolen from the vehicle. “She felt terrible and was even more embarrassed to lose that money,” recalls Aceituno-Zaldaña.

In the video that’s generating major buzz (well over 150,000 views in just 48 hours) and love for Bregman, he and his friends politely and casually chat with Thompson, make a sudden exit, and insist for the bill for their iced teas (she offers to comp them).

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Astros' winning streak snapped in final game in Boston

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 4-3 loss

Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

With Houston taking the first two games of the series, they were looking to make it a sweep with a win on Sunday in Boston. Here are the quick facts then three hits from the game:

Final Score: Red Sox 4, Astros 3.

Record: 31-16, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Marcus Walden (6-0, 1.37 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Framber Valdez (1-2, 4.42 ERA).

1) Miley only able to make it through five 

Wade Miley allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning, giving Boston an early 1-0 lead. He had a good three innings after that, keeping the Red Sox off the board in the second, third, and fourth innings. However, in the fifth, he ran into some trouble and allowed a solo home run then RBI-single to tie the game 3-3 at the time. His final line: 5 innings, 3 runs (2 earned), no walks, and two strikeouts. His day ending after five innings meant another longer outing for the bullpen.

2) Correa provides biggest hit of the day

The Astros loaded the bases in the bottom of the second, but would only be able to come away with one run on a wild pitch, tying the game 1-1 at the time. Alex Bregman led off the third with a walk, and Carlos Correa capitalized on the situation with a one-out two-run home run to put Houston ahead 3-1. Those would be the only RBIs of the day, though, with Chris Sale then Boston's bullpen keeping the Astros off the board the rest of the way.

3) Bullpen unable to hold Boston down 

Framber Valdez was first out of the bullpen for Houston, taking over for Miley in the bottom of the sixth inning. After a scoreless sixth, the Red Sox would break the tie with a go-ahead RBI-double off of Valdez in the bottom of the seventh, ending his appearance after five outs. Hector Rondon finished off the seventh, then stayed on for a scoreless eighth to send the game on to the ninth, where the offense would come up empty.

Up Next: The Astros will fly back to Houston tonight to start a ten-game homestand on Monday night. First up will be a four-game series with the White Sox, and the first of those four games will get underway at 7:10 PM Monday night. Houston will send Brad Peacock (4-2, 4.01 ERA) to the mound opposite of Manny Banuelos (2-3, 7.26 ERA) for Chicago.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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