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Astros Earn 12-9 Victory with Early Outburst

The Astros became the first MLB team to 50 wins with the 4-game sweep of Oakland

Houston Astros v Oakland Athletics
Marisnick hit his 10th HR of the season after replacing George Springer in the lineup (hit by pitch)
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You know things are going well when you have to replace your team’s HR leader due to a HBP, and the replacement hits a 3-run HR the very next inning.

George Springer got hit by a pitch in his left wrist to start the afternoon and left the game. It was later reported that X-rays were negative and George will be day-to-day with a left-hand contusion:

The Astros’ offense has been so good on the road this year that they don’t even need hits to score runs. They scored twice in the first inning on two sac flies after loading the bases via HBP and 2 walks.

Gurriel singled to start the 2nd inning before Bregman flew out and Aoki doubled to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Then Jake Marisnick came to the plate for his first at-bat in place of Springer, and crushed an inside pitch 400 ft to left center field.

Folks, it’s not easy to drive inside pitches 400 ft, and this is our defense-first outfielder we’re talking about. His K% is still a bit alarming, but he might be able to put up decent offensive numbers over a full season of regular playing time... maybe... we’ll see. If nothing else, the power in the first half of the season has been quite a welcome surprise.

Speaking of surprise offensive outbursts, Marwin Gonzalez followed with a 3-run HR of his own after Reddick doubled and Correa walked. That put the Astros up 10-0 and they cruised from there.

Pitching

Offense is fun, but let’s not forget about David Paulino. After throwing 6 innings of 1-run ball on Saturday against the Red Sox, Paulino had another encouraging, though not as dominant, start this afternoon.

He struck out the side in the 1st inning, working around a 1-out single. He added 2 more Ks in the 2nd and made it through 4 innings before allowing a run. He left the game with one out and a man on in the 6th. The runner scored on a single off James Hoyt to close the book on Paulino (5.1 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 6 K).

Dayan Diaz made it interesting in the 8th. He left the game after giving up 3 runs and with two men on. Both of those runners and one more scored after Michael Feliz entered in relief of Diaz. Suddenly it was a 3-run game, 12-9, heading into the 9th.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Houston Astros Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Devo came on in the bottom of the 9th and decided the A’s had already added enough drama. He struck out all 3 batters he faced, each of the swinging variety.

Reddick Basically hit for the cycle

Josh Reddick’s day went like this: Walk, Double, K, Home Run, Triple. So all he was missing was a single, but he did have a walk which got him to first base and advanced the runner from first to second (same thing that a single would likely accomplish). Can we call this a poor man’s cycle?

Notables

As mentioned in the Game Preview, this win secures a lot of things:

-first sweep of a 4-game series for the Astros in 2017

-10 game winning streak in Oakland dating back to 2016

-first MLB team to 50 wins and only the 4th team to win 50 of their first 74 games since 2000

-a happy flight to Seattle where the Astros will take on the Mariners and welcome Lance McCullers Jr. back from the DL

Go ‘Stros!!