It's been an underwhelming season so far for our beloved Houston Astros. The hitting and pitching have both been rather disappointing, but tonight the good guys put most of it together to deliver a 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins.
Collin McHugh got the start tonight, and, in what seems to have become a ritual, gave up a solo shot to begin the game. McHugh struggled through 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, two of them homers, on seven hits while walking two and striking out six. Although his breaking pitches were doing well enough, McHugh struggled to locate his fastball consistently.
Fortunately, the bats and relief pitching both came out to play. Jason Castro and George Springer chipped in with home runs. Carlos Gomez delivered two doubles. Ken Giles, Pat Neshek, Will Harris and Luke Gregerson combined to throw four shutout innings. In fact, none of tonight's relievers gave up a single hit. Although the starting pitching hasn't done very well so far, it's nice to see the bullpen come in to back them up and close out a game.
Although it's been a crazy month of baseball, there's still plenty of games to play to get back into the thick of it. This team will hopefully respond with a nice month of May to get things back on track. Maybe this is the turning point of the season. Only time will tell.