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Astros 8, Rockies 4: Power Keys Fourth Straight Win

Obie's solid start and multiple extra base hits keep winning streak alive

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What Happened

The Astros and Rockies took this series to Denver for game three.  Although the scenery changed the result didn't.  So what happens when you take a team that hits 1.4 home runs per game on average and put them in a park known for home runs?  You get what happened tonight...a long ball clinic.  It started in the first inning when rookie Carlos Correa hit his third bomb of the season, a 2-run shot, to give the Astros the early lead.  George Springer made the score 3-0 with an RBI single in the second inning.  After the Rockies pulled within one run Preston Tucker hit a solo shot just to the right of centerfield.

Houston started to pull away in the sixth inning as Jake Marisnick hit a leadoff homer to almost straightaway center.  Later in the inning Correa would drive in Jason Castro to run the score to 6-2.  Chris Carter would burninate the ball and tack on two insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning.

On the mound Brett Oberholtzer would follow up his last start (3 hits, no runs in 8 innings against Seattle) with another solid outing.  He wasn't as dominant as the last start, but he did only give up 8 hits and 3 runs over 6.1 innings tonight.  He also did not walk a batter and struck out five.  Now that the blister issue seems to be resolved, he looks like he is taking the step forward we all hoped he would before the season started.  When Hinch decided to go to the bullpen, they did their job.  Josh Fields, Joe Thatcher, and Pat Neshek were perfect finishing out the 7th and 8th.  Chad Qualls came in for the 9th and gave up a meaningless home run to Carlos Gonzalez to start the inning, but got the next three batters in a row for the not-a-save.

The Astros will go for the Two City Sweep as these teams will close out their home-and-home interleague series tomorrow afternoon.  Colin McHugh will return to the mound at Coors Field to face David Hale at 2 pm.

Fun Facts

Through his first 9 career games Correa has a rookie franchise record 14 hits.

Four Astros had multi-hit games, Springer (3), Correa (3), Carter (2) and Castro (2).

Jose Altuve was replaced by Marwin Gonzalez after "hamstring discomfort".  He says he didn't re-injure it, it just didn't feel right.

Tweets of the Night

Why wouldn't it?  It's absence may have been the cause of the 0-6 record on the last road trip...right?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The smoke machine travels with the team now.</p>&mdash; Julia Morales (@JuliaMoralesRS) <a href="">June 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Not sure who he is calling a hack...

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Well you won’t believe this, but the Astros hit another home run. Chris Carter hit his 12th. Didn’t see that coming. What a hack.</p>&mdash; Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) <a href="">June 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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This is good, right?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Per StatCast, the <a href="">#CorreaCrush</a> job was 108 MPH off the bat and 456 feet. <a href="">#Power</a></p>&mdash; #VoteAltuve (@astros) <a href="">June 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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BONUS...not really game related, but made me laugh anyway.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="">#Royals</a> reached agreement with 1st-rd pick, hi-school RHP Ashe Russell. Breaking News: Ashe Russell was named starter for AL All-Stars</p>&mdash; Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) <a href="">June 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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