The Houston Astros arrived in Oakland around 5 a.m. and had a game at 7 p.m. to get ready for. It could have been easily a game that could have been chalked up to jet lag.
But Brad Peacock and the big bats wouldn’t let the Astros fall into the loss column again, winning 4-1 over the Athletics in game one at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
The Astros offense hit rookie Daniel Gossett hard, but many of their strikes found the gloves of the Athletics defense. Except for the ones that went over the wall.
Jake Marisnick blasted his second 400-plus foot home run in as many days in the fifth inning. Marisnick put Houston up 2-0.
Former Astro Jed Lowrie got the A’s on the board with a double, scoring Matt Joyce. But A relay of George Springer, Carlos Correa, and Evan Gattis were able to tag out Chad Pinder at home.
After a solid start by Brad Peacock, Will Harris worked the Astros out of a jam with two runners on to end the sixth inning.
Peacock allowed one run on four hits over 5 2⁄3 innings, striking out eight and walking two.
George Springer had two runners on in the seventh inning but Alex Bregman was picked off second to end the seventh. Springer, of course, followed that up with a home run — because of course.
Harris, Chris Devenski, and Ken Giles didn't allow a hit over the final three innings to close out the game.
Derek Fisher added another run with his second major league home run in the ninth inning.