The sun was high as the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics game on Wednesday at the Oakland Coliseum started around 12:30 p.m. pacific time. That fact made all of the game's flyballs an interesting endeavor for both sides. TheAstros had Doug Fister on their side to control the A's offense for seven scoreless innings in a 7-0 Astros victory on Wednesday.
The Astros faced former Houston prospect and Texas A&M product Daniel Mengden on the mound for the A's. Houston wasted little time in making a mark on the scoreboard against Mengden. The Astros loaded the bases with one out in the first inning. Luis Valbuena grounded out to first, allowing Marwin Gonzalez to score.
George Springer put the Houston up 2-0 in the second inning with a double to right field to score Jason Castro. A walk to Gonzalez and Jose Altuve loaded the bases again for the Astros. Carlos Correa forced home run a run with a walk. The Astros led 3-0 after two innings.
The Astros once again loaded the bases in the eight and were gifted the bloop hit that scored two runs from Carlos Correa in the eighth inning.
The Astros picked up two more run the ninth as Josh Reddick struggled with the sun in right field. Jake Marsnick picked up his second hit of the game and scored on a Castro fly ball that Reddick field to pick up -- resulting in a triple for Castro. The Astros catcher trotted home on almost the same exact play as Springer flipped a pitch off the ball that Riddick couldn't find. Springer scored a double and Houston led 7-0.
Fister's line was zero runs on four hits, two walks, and five strikeouts over seven innings. Chris Devenski pitched two hitless innings and struck out three.
Altuve was 2-for-3 with two walks. Correa had three walks and RBIs in the game. Jake Marsinick was 2-for-2 with two runs scored.