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Astros 5, Orioles 2: Oberholtzer's Return To Rotation Ends With A Comeback Win

Obie looked good in his second return from the DL. Bullpen looked even better.

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What Happened

Brett Oberholtzer returned from the DL for the second time this season after having issues with a blister on his finger.  This time hopefully he is back for good.  A lot of fans were hoping for a breakout year from Obie, and this was definitely a good start.  He went 5 1/3 innings allowing 7 hits and 2 runs, and he threw 59 of his 82 pitches for strikes.

Baltimore scored first on a walk and a triple in the fifth inning, but Oberholtzer got one of his three strikeouts and a groundout to end the threat.  The Astros tied it in the bottom of the inning on a solo homer from Luis Valbuena.  The O's really got to Obie in the sixth inning.  With one out he walked Adam Jones then allowed a single to Delmon Young and an RBI double to Chris Davis to take a 2-1 lead.  Will Harris took over after the double and got the final two outs of the sixth.

As has been the norm this season, the offense got going in the 7th inning and took the lead.  Even though Ubaldo Jimenez was pitching well, he was pulled after giving up a leadoff single to Chris Carter.  Reliever Brad Brach walked Valbuena and allowed a single to Hank Conger (pinch hitting for the injured Jason Castro-HBP in the knee) to load the bases with no outs.  With one out George Springer drove in the tying run with a single up the middle.  Jose Altuve brought in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.  After Preston Tucker walked to load the bases again, Evan Gattis poked a single between the 1st and 2nd basemen to plate two more runs and make the score 5-2.

The bullpen did not allow a runner after taking over in the sixth inning.  After stranding the runners in his first inning of work, Harris pitched a perfect 7th, followed by Pat Neshek with a perfect 8th, and Luke Gregerson with a perfect 9th to earn his 14th save of the season.

The teams will meet tomorrow evening for the second game of the matchup with Collin McHugh going against Mike Wright at 7 pm.  While you are waiting you can discuss the...uhh...interesting baserunning of this past weekend.

Fun Facts

Neshek still has yet to allow a walk in 22 appearances this season.

From the 7th inning on, the Astros lead the league in runs and home runs, and are 2nd in slugging percentage.

Ladies and gentlemen...Marwin Gonzalez

Tweet of the Night

It looked like a beautiful night at the ol' ballpark.  Hope it's this nice tomorrow (because I will be there!)

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Gorgeous night in Houston for Astros baseball <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Astros?src=hash">#Astros</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/minutemaidpark?src=hash">#minutemaidpark</a> <a href="http://t.co/r5NZgEh6nl">pic.twitter.com/r5NZgEh6nl</a></p>&mdash; Josh Cookson (@soxandstros) <a href="https://twitter.com/soxandstros/status/605570450739953664">June 2, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Funny enough that I wish I had thought of it...

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Astros have no guys on there bench, but Tony Sipp can play the outfield</p>&mdash; Josh (JR) Reese (@MrJoshua) <a href="https://twitter.com/MrJoshua/status/605565463892852736">June 2, 2015</a></blockquote>

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From the Granular Stats department...

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Marwin with a chance to break the club record for Grand Slams by a Marwin.</p>&mdash; Matt Jackson (@MJ4Sports) <a href="https://twitter.com/MJ4Sports/status/605560703613702145">June 2, 2015</a></blockquote>

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