Can the pitching get any better?
Apparently so. Charlie Morton wanted to be with his teammates at the top of the ERA leader board, so tonight he threw seven innings, yielding only one run on 4 hits. His K/BB ratio was 14/0. Right, a career high 14 k’s, 9 swinging, and no walks. So tonight Morton took possession of third place in the AL ERA race (2.03), behind first place teammate Justin Verlander (1.21) and 2nd place Gerrit Cole (1.43).
The only run against Morton was a Ronald Guzman home run in the third. The rest of the night belonged to Uncle Charlie.
To his critics chanting “free Tyler White,” tonight Evan Gattis said, “hey, not so fast.” In the fifth inning, Gattis poked his second home run of the year, a 386 foot shot deep into the Crawford Boxes, exit velo 101 MPH. It gave the Astros the lead and all the runs they would need. Gattis tied the score in the third with a single up the middle to plate Josh Reddick, who had just doubled. And our loveable lumberjack even stole a base, only the third in his career.
Gattis’ twin brother from another mother, Brian McCann, added a homer, his 3rd, in the fourth inning, and Carlos Correa crushed a 2 run bomb 439 feet to center in the eighth inning (exit velo 110)
Yuli Gurriel, doubling in the eighth after Correa’s dinger, scored on a throwing error by Jurickson Profar, finishing the scoring for the Stros.
Will Harris and Colin McHugh respectfully concluded the game’s pitching chores for Master Morton, pitching perfectly through the 8th and 9th innings, respectively.
The Rangers looked pretty helpless regardless of which Astros pitcher was hurling bb’s at them. They struck out 16 times tonight, and in two games have managed only 2 runs.
Joey Gallo and Roughned (Stinky) Odor each struck out all three times they got to bat.
After plunking George Springer last night and injuring him, Rangers pitching hit Carlos Correa tonight. Oh well, if you can’t hit their pitches, hit their batters. That’s what I always say.
See Morton strike out 14 here.
Box score here
Tomorrow, Rangers batters get a break, facing 2015 Cy Young winner, and 2017 All Star Dallas Keuchel (2-5, 3.53 ERA). The “Rangers” send Matt Moore (1-4, 7.71 ERA). Game time 1:10 CDT