Charlie Morton struggled early, but found a way to get through six innings of work
Despite walking three, surrendering five hits, and only producing a whiff rate of 9.78%, Charlie freaking Morton found a way to muster a full six innings of work while staying under 100 pitches. Morton, who finished his night with only 92 pitches, was able to get through a few quick plate appearances from Cleveland despite the walks and big hits.
This is pretty ridiculous because it’s well worse from what Morton has produced so far this season, but a six-inning start allowing only two runs is still very solid and one that likely will keep you in a game. The Astros offense has not been stellar so far this season, but the squad sure had Morton’s back tonight against Mike Clevinger. Let’s get to that...
Well, Jake Marisnick went deep so that’s pretty much a summary of how tonight went for the Astros offense.
But, that’s actually not a great indicator because 2017 American League MVP Jose Altuve finished with an 0-for-5 day at the office. This was just a weird one for the offense...
Jake Marisnick came back from AAA Fresno with a vengeance, finishing 2-for-4 with only 1 strikeout!! The strikeout was a major issue for Marisnick before being demoted, as his swing had certainly adjusted to produce a better launch angle but launch angle only matters if you hit the actual baseball. Anyways, Marisnick absolutely crushed a home run to center field. Watch it again here:
Alex Bregman, as usual, collected another walk in tonight’s game. Bregman has been one of the best in the league in BB% so far in 2018 and certainly the best at drawing free passes on the Astros roster. Bregman had the Astros’ biggest hit of the night, crushing a three-run home run to put the Astros up 3-2 in the top of the fifth inning. Also, Bregman made sure to enjoy it, finishing with the longest home run trot of his career at 25 seconds.
Alex Bregman's home run trot vs the #Indians was 25 seconds.... The slowest of his career.— Daren Willman (@darenw) May 24, 2018
Other notable performances from Astros hitters included George Springer, who went 2 for 3 on the night with 2 walks as well, and Yuli Gurriel finished 2 for 4 on the night as well.
Tomorrow, it will be a matchup of two former American League Cy Young winners as the Houston Astros will send out Dallas Keuchel for the second game against Corey Kluber for the Indians.
Go Rockets. #RunAsOne