The Chicago Cubs had their newest toy on the mound on Sunday. Jose Quintana pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out 12 in his Cubs t.debu
The Houston Astros got seven innings of two-run baseball and 11 strikeouts from Mike Fiers on Sunday in a 5-3 win over the Twins. The two outings are not apples-to-apples but Houston didn’t have to give their two top prospects to get it.
The bottom of the lineup was key for Houston for scoring. Jake Marisnick got the Astros on the board in the second inning with a single to score Alex Bregman. Nori Aoki ripped a double to the gap allowing Yuli Gurriel and Marwin Gonzalez to score.
The Astros speed manufactured the winning runs in the fourth inning. Marisnick scored on a ground out by George Springer. While Jose Altuve played the Twins when Josh Reddick struck out on a dropped strike three. Altuve waited for the throw to first and scampered home just ahead of the throw back home
Ken Giles, as he is apt to do, made things interesting by allowing the final inning. Allowing the first two batters to reach and induce a sacrifice fly to add to the Twins run total. But he retired Kennys Vargas to end the game.