The Astros' offense finally broke out in a big way to seal Game 1 of the double header.
Things got off to a fast start for the offense as Springer led off the game with a single and scored on Altuve's double. Altuve actually scored on his own double, which ended up being a Little League HR. With Springer coming around third and trying to score, the throw came into home plate so Altuve tried to take third base. Juan Centeno threw the ball to third, but air-mailed the throw into a vacant left field, allowing Altuve to walk home. Check out the video here.
With a 2-0 lead heading into the 2nd, A.J. Reed and Jason Castro singled before scoring on George Springer's double. Bregman, who has been getting much better results lately, followed with a double of his own to score Springer and then came around to score on a single by #Altuve4MVP to make it 6-0 Astros.
The early 6-run lead didn't last long though, as the Twins pulled within 3 on a solo HR by Kennys Vargas in the 2nd and a 2-run double by Max Kepler in the 3rd to make it 6-3.
The Astros broke the game open for good in the 5th. A.J. Reed walked, Marisnick reached on a failed fielder's choice attempt, and Jason Castro singled to load the bases for George Springer. Springer got an RBI the hard way, getting hit by a pitch to make it 7-3 and keep the bases loaded for Bregman. The rookie drove a ball to right field, allowing Marisnick to tag and score run 8. Then Jose Altuve did #Altuve4MVP things by collecting his 3rd hit and 3rd RBI of the game, driving in Castro with a single. Correa capped off the 5th inning with a 3-run blast to straight-away center field that made it 12-3 Astros. Check out his monster HR here.
The Twins scored 3 runs in the 8th on a sac fly by Max Kepler and a 2-run HR by Kennys Vargas to make it 12-6 heading into the 9th.
The Astros decided that a 6-run cushion wasn't enough and promptly scored 3 more runs with no outs in the 9th. Bregman and Altuve started the inning with walks before Kemp reached on a throwing error which allowed Bregman to score. Marwin Gonzalez then drove in Altuve and Kemp with a single to make it 15-6, and the Twins had their shortstop Eduardo Escobar pitch.
Escobar actually did better than most of the other Twins pitchers today, giving up a single to Preston Tucker before retiring the next 3 batters.
This was exactly the kind of game the Astros wanted for Game 1 of a double header. While Fister had a poor start, he made it through 7 innings so that the bullpen would be relatively fresh for Game 2. On the other side, the Astros knocked out Twins starter Jose Berrios in the 3rd inning and the Twins ended up using a total of 5 pitchers (not counting their shortstop Escobar).
The Astros only dipped into their bullpen twice: Tony Sipp came in to replace Fister with 2 runners on in the 8th and allowed both inherited runners to score, along with one of his own. Jandel Gustave made his MLB debut in the 9th. It wasn't a clean debut for Gustave who committed an error and gave up a run on 2 hits, but that's the luxury of having a 9-run lead going into the bottom of the 9th. The Astros took game 1 by a final score of 15-7.