It was blogger night at the ballpark, and much merriment was had. But, we'll talk more about that later. I admit I was bit excited about the prospect of seeing Collin McHugh pitch when looking over the probables on thursday. McHugh didn't disappoint, except for one pitch that was straight down broadway.
McHugh worked at both extremes last night. He struck out seven, and fielded his position well. He calmly turned a double play on comebacker, when you see so many pitchers throw into centerfield. But, he walked four batters and hit another. Before McHugh's evening went out of sorts, the Astros put two runs on the board. Jonathan villar, who went to the batting gloves free approach, started the fifth with a hit. Jose Altuve reached, and both advanced a base on a throwing error. George Springer proceeded to drive in a run on fielder's choice. Finally, Jason Castro would plate Altuve with a single to left field. It would be the only two runs scored by the Astros, and not enough to come close to winning.
The White Sox would come to bat in the sixth, and Adam Dunn put Collin McHugh out of his misery. McHugh had walked Conor Gillaspie and hit Jose Abreu with a pitch before Dunn came to the plate. The Houston born, house of a man, Dunn hit one of the most majestic home runs I have ever seen on a 2-0 fastball from McHugh. The White Sox would play add-on the rest of the night, but Dunn's home run would hold up as the winning run.
The Astros left 10 runs on base, and were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
The bullpen looked a bit off, Josh Zeid walked two after replacing McHugh and allowed an inherited double to score. Paul Clemens got beat up in the eight, after a Jonathan Villar error. The White Sox would score three in the inning capped off by a Conor Gillaspie double that plated two.
The Astros are back at today, Jarred Cosart (2-3) faced off against Hector Noesi (0-2) at 3:10 PM. Go get your Astros Gnome.