Astros 7, Angels 2: Doctor McHugh, Gator save the day

Scott Halleran

Jon Singleton's MLB debut went swimmingly, thank you very much

Oh my. Oh my my my.

Jon Singleton Day turned out to be a doozy.

Homerton homered, drove in a run with a walk and wore his jersey front open, all Burt Reynolds style. He apparently had the swagger to back that up, too.

FIrst things first, though. You might wonder why Houston elected to change up its lineup, especially since the team is scoring runs at a frenzied pace (by 2012-13 standards). But, just know that Jose Altuve is scorching hot right now and probably needs runners on base in front of him.

How hot is he? Look at his first hit Tuesday off C.J. Wilson. Look where the ball was.


That's a player who's feeling it.

Collin McHugh was his usual effective self, tunneling that four-seamer and that curve to befuddle the Angels' hitters. The problem turned out to be he didn't miss enough bats. Too many Angels fouled off his pitches before he could get them out. So, even though he didn't allow a run and only gave up two hits in five innings of work, he needed 97 pitches to get there.

From that point, the Astros bullpen stepped in.

Houston also got a pickup when MIke Trout exited the game with the same back injury that forced him from the lineup in two other games recently. Even though Josh Hamilton has been on fire this year and Albert Pujols is resurgent, the Angels lineup is a lot more pedestrian without Trout in the two-hole.

That brings us to Houston's biggest inning.

The Astros loaded the bases twice in the bottom of the third and came away with five runs. Jason Castro had a two-run single. Jon Singleton got his first career RBI with a bases-loaded walk. Bob Grossman got his own two-run single.

Just like that, Houston went from being baffled by C.J. Wilson's stuff down in the zone to taking a commanding lead and showing Wilson the door.

It was also the perfect high point of Singleton's Astros debut. He's a guy who draws plenty of his offensive value off his batting eye and he drew a walk to drive in his first run. Add in his new nickname, via Dunsmore (GATOR!!!) and Singleton had himself an evening.

Oh, and Houston evened its June record, yada yada yada, snapped a two-game losing streak, blah-blah-blah, now 3-5 against the Angels in 2014. You know the drill.

This team is not terrible. I feel like we should throw a party or something. Instead, I'll let this rock you to sleep. Dream about this home run and what Jon Singleton, George Springer and the Baby Stros will do.


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