Astros ace Dallas Keuchel didn't' pitch like an ace in 2016. But after Tuesday's game, it's clear that the beard is back. Keuchel pitched a complete game for the first time since 2015 in a 4-2 win over the reigning American League champion Indians on Tuesday night at Progressive field.
Keuchel allowed just six hits, three walks, and five strikeouts over nine innings. The two runs that were allowed by Keuchel were solo home runs: Austin Jackson scored the first run in the third inning with a solo home run and Michael Brantley made things interesting with a shot in the ninth inning.
But there easily could have been a third home run if not for center fielder Josh Reddick. Reddick robbed Jason Kipnis of a home run in the fifth inning. Words don't do it justice....just watch.
The Astros offense started in the fifth inning. Yuli Gurriel, Evan Gattis, Nori Aoki, and Reddick strung together four hits. Aoki was a double that tied the game at 1-1. Reddick's follow up single scored two runs that proved to the winning run.
Reddick wasn't done. With two on, Reddick singled to right field, scoring Gattis from third base.
Everything was looking up for the Astros minus the eighth inning. Indians' Yan Gomes flipped a pitch into no man's land. Teoscar Hernández raced into to right and Jose Altuve went back facing the outfield wall. The both came on a full sprint and crashed. Both players exited the game.
So take the good and the bad.