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Twins 3, Astros 1: Astros only muster four hits in Minnesota

There appeared to be plenty of empty seats available at Target Field tonight. If you happen to find yourself in Minneapolis during this series, why not take in a ballgame?

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Jose Altuve's 202 consecutive games played streak was broken tonight when Manager AJ Hinch held El Gigante out of the lineup for a rest day -- something he had been promising to do since mid June. I wouldn't be surprised to see George Springer get a day off in the near future as well; he is now the only Astro to play in every game this season.

Collin McHugh allowed 10 hits and a walk over 7 innings, so he wasn't exactly sharp, but he was scattering the hits and keeping his team in the ballgame, until his defense really let him down in fifth inning. Eddie Rosario probably doesn't score the Twins' first run if Carlos Gomez keeps Jorge Polanco's single in front of him instead of letting it roll all the way to the centerfield wall. And Polanco definitely doesn't score the second run if Gomez doesn't lose Juan Centeno's "triple" in the twilight. And since Centeno isn't on third in this alternate reality, he doesn't score on Danny Santana's single. What I'm saying is the Astros should have won this game 1-0 instead of losing 3-1.

The Astros eked out their only run in the sixth inning on a Springer double that scored Tony Kemp. The Good Guys have not homered since last Monday, over the course of almost 300 at bats.

Leave it to the Astros' hitters to make Tyler Duffey -- and his 6.21 pre game ERA -- look like vintage Johann Santana. Duffey is not a huge strike out pitcher, but he managed to strike out eight Stros in six innings.

The highlight of the game for me was the Carlos Correa double play in the sixth inning, when he tagged out Miguel Sano at second base before throwing out Trevor Plouffe at first. Sano stayed at second base for a bit after the play, as if waiting for a replay call, until Marwin Gonzales went over and gave him a, "dude, don't embarrass yourself anymore than you already have" look. If you didn't see this play live, you should check it out online. Great play by a great Astro + funny looking flub by the opposition = the reason I watch baseball.

Wait, I take it back. My actual favorite part of this game was Geoff Blum paraphrasing Jack Nicholson from A Few Good Men after a great catch by Jake Marisnick in deep left field: "You want him on that wall! You need him on that wall!" You can't handle the truth, Blummer.

Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. was declared a free agent today. Doesn't really have anything to do with today's game, but hey, I'm looking for positives here, folks. Tomorrow night the Astros will attempt to score more than one run against the worst team in the American League. Here's hoping.