How the state of the Astros at change? in the years leading up to 2016, a prospect debut was a national holiday among Astros fans. Now, the question is "Okay, kid, welcome to the show. Can you help the Astros win right now?" There is no fanfare. No, blow up on Twitter with #MartesDay. Just go out there and help Houston win.
Francis Martes was called up to the Astros on Friday and was thrown around a possible option to start on Sunday or Monday. But instead, he was called into duty on Friday night.
He worked around some damage in his first inning of work. Martes gave up a double on Andrelton Simmons and hit Martin Maldonado with a pitch. But Martes got groundouts from Eric Young Jr. and Danny Espinosa to end the inning.
Cameron Maybin generated a run in the sixth inning off Martes. He walked and stole second off Martes, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Pujols flyout.
Martin Maldonado welcomed Martes to the majors with a two-run home run in the seventh inning. But Martes rebounded with his first major strikeout. He struck out Young and Espinosa.
The Angels would get another run in the eighth inning. Calhoun walked, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a Yunel Escobar single.
Martes faced 18 batters, giving four runs on four hits. He struck out two and walked two on 78 pitched (44 strikes).