The Astros were down by 6 runs heading into the 8th inning. They won by 8 runs. Yes, you read that right. The Astros were losing 8-2 after 7 innings. They scored 11 runs in the 8th and 3 more in the 9th.
Brad Peacock had an amazing start to his day, retiring the first 9 batters he faced with 6 strikeouts. He only gave up a single through 4 innings of work and looked to be a vast improvement over Mike Fiers.
The Astros first run came in the 4th on a solo HR by Carlos Correa, and Beltran scored on a very weird turn of events. He singled and got to 3rd on a throwing error, then scored on a wild pitch. That’s baseball sometimes.
The 5th is where things unraveled for Peacock. He gave up a lead-off double to Max Kepler and then Jorge Polanco hit a triple. Peacock got 2 outs without another run scoring, but then things got messy: passed ball led to a run to tie the game 2-2 before Brian Dozier singled to give the Twins a 3-2 lead.
Jordan Jankowski came in to relieve Brad Peacock and was... not good. He gave up a double, single, and HR to the first 3 batters he faced as the Twins lead grew to 7-2.
Former Astro Robbie Grossman hit a HR in the 7th off Jankowski to increase the Twins lead to 8-2.
Ervin Santana threw 7 innings today. Once he left, the Astros decided to have some fun. Note that according to Fangraphs, the Astros had only a 0.8% win expectancy in the bottom of the 7th. Ryan Pressly came on to start the 8th and then this happened:
Josh Reddick: BB
Jose Altuve: HBP
Carlos Correa: 1B, Score: 8-3 Twins
Carlos Beltran: 1B
Brian McCann: Pop up, 1 out
Marwin Gonzalez: 1B, Score: 8-5 Twins
Craig Breslow came on to relieve Ryan Pressly
Alex Bregman: 1B
Evan Gattis: Pinch-hit ground-out, Score: 8-6 Twins, 2 outs
George Springer [After having his at-bat delayed by a very short rain delay (about 10 min)]: 1B, 8-7 Twins
Josh Reddick: 2B, Score: 9-8 Astros
Matt Belisle replaced Craig Breslow
Jose Altuve: 1B, Score: 10-8 Astros
Carlos Correa: BB
Carlos Beltran: HR, Score: 13-8 Astros
Brian McCann: Line out, 3 outs
Suddenly the Astros were winning by 5 runs instead of losing by 6 runs.
Luke Gregerson pitched a scoreless 8th and the Astros decided they weren’t done yet. After all, they were down by 6 runs and were now only ahead by 5 runs. So Alex Bregman hit a 2-run HR in the 9th, scoring MarGo who had led off the inning with a double.
The Astros then loaded the bases and scored their 16th run on a ground out off the bat of Carlos Correa.
Gregerson allowed a single and a walk in the bottom of the 9th, but struck out the other 3 batters he faced to end the game.
I have no more words to describe what happened today. The Astros won 16-8, are 20 games over .500 (36-16), and have had the best record in baseball for a while now. This team is amazing. I’m going to watch some highlights now. I suggest you do the same.