The Houston Astros' familiar faces wearing Brewers' uniform didn't do any favors for the Astros on Friday. As Chris Carter hit a home run and Domingo Santana hit a two-out double in the Brewers' 6-4 win.
The Astros made a valent effort in the ninth inning to rally with the score 6-0, highlighted by a Tyler White's 3-run home run.
All parts of the game were overshadowed by the second game this 2016 MLB season needed on a controversial slide. The game was ended on a ground ball by Jose Altuve with runners on first and second. The ball was hit to Scooter Gennett, who turned and fired to former Astros Jonathan Villar with Colby Rasmus barbering down on him. Villar didn't attempt to throw to first as Rasmus slide past him.
At first, the played seemed like your average fielder's choice, but an umpire pointed to first to indicate that Altuve as a result of Rasmus' slide. The Astros would have the play reviewed and Astros manager A.J. Hinch said his peace not peacefully. The result stood.
Not to go to far in editorializing especially in a recap, but I understand why MLB created the sliding rules after Chase Utley completely destroyed Ruben Tejada in the playoffs. That wasn't the goal of Colby Rasmus' slide, he went hard to the bag and gave himself up -- that was his remarks after the game.
It would be interesting to see if Jonathan Villar would say if he felt the slide affected his ability to throw to first? But the "Chase Utley" rule will be refined just the rules for blocking the plate. But it's tough to see the Astros affected by the current version of the rule.
Back to the game.
The home run train continued for the Astros pitchers. Gennett and Carter both connected for home runs against Astros starter Scott Feldman. Carter's home run was exactly what you expect from Trogdor, an absolute bomb to center. Brew Crew led 3-0 after one.
Another former Astros, Santana added another run in the second. The Brewers' right fielder ripped a double to score Keon Broxton, who had stolen second.
Ryan Braun would add the key two runs Milwaukee needed in eighth with a smooth home run off Josh Fields.
The Astros sent eight batters to the plate in the ninth inning. Carlos Correa and Carlos Gomez reached on singles. White sent them home with his second home run of his rookie season.
Marwin Gonzalez pinch-hit for Jason Castro and walked. Preston Tucker ripped a tailing double to left-center to score Gonzalez. Rasmus walked to set up the play that ended the game with Jose Altuve's swing.
Correa was 2-for-4 in the game, and White was 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Chris Devenski made his major league debut, pitching three scoreless innings in relief.
Chase Anderson picked up the win for the Brewers, scattering four hits and striking out five over five innings. Feldman went just four innings for the Astros, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks.