The Astros knew winning this series would've put them in the drivers seat for the rest of the road stand. Well, change of plans, now they're just trying to win a game in the series. The Astros manager A.J. Hinch sent out Will Harris for his 2nd inning of action in the eight inning -- it backfired. The first batter Harris faced, C.J. Cron sent a ball into the water in center field. Harris managed to get the next three outs and get it out of it, but it was to late. The script was written. The Angels had raised the score to 3-2, the eventual final score.
The Astros looked down throughout the whole game until Carlos Correa lifted their spirits, and a pitch from Hector Santiago, with a long home run that made the score 2-1. The Astros stayed down 1 run until former Los Angeles Angel, Hank Conger, hit a bomb of his own, continuing what has been a powerful stretch for him.
Conger wasn't just next to the plate tonight, he was behind it, as Jason Castro is still recovering from his injury. While behind the plate, Conger caught 3 pitchers, McCullers, Velasquez and Harris. McCullers struggled a little allowing 7 hits and 2 runs in only 5 innings of work. Former starter, Vincent Velasquez entered the game in the sixth and worked a perfect frame. The next pitcher that entered lost the battle of set up men. Harris, who has been so reliable, this year for the Astros allowed a HR while Joe Smith got 3 big outs. Smith was quoted on saying after the game that "The Anglels aren't thinking about the Wild Card."
While the Angles still have work to do, as they are 3.5 games back they aim to shave off another game tomorrow as they will send out lefty Andrew Heaney (6-3, 2.52 ERA) who has been more than solid for them this year. Heaney made his debut against the Astros going six innings allowing one run. The Astros know how important tomorrow's game is and will need more than that for a win.
The pitcher that will try to shut down Trout and the Angels tomorrow is Mike Fiers. Fiers is 7-10 with a 3.66 ERA but has pitched considerably better as an Astro with an ERA of only 1.69. The Astros are gonna need some hot stuff from Fiers tomorrow or they could go back to Texas only a half a game up on the Rangers as their slide in the standings could just be beginning.