I’m going to give you the abbreviated version of this game tonight, because if I told you how every run was scored, play-by play, you could probably go to Wal-Mart and buy groceries in the time you finished reading it.
It was a total smack down. The Astros scored one run in the first. Then they scored two runs in the second, and then two runs in the third. Then the Astros let up a little and only scored one run in the fourth. Then they scored two runs in the fifth, and then two more runs in the sixth. They decided not to try and got shut out in the seventh but then they poured it on in the eighth and scored four more. They decided they had enough and didn’t score in the ninth.
Yes, the Astros scored in seven out of nine innings, and had crooked numbers in five of those. Every starting player but one had at least one hit AND at least one RBI or run scored. George Springer had three RBI, Alex Bregman and Michael Brantley each had four. The team had 10 extra base hits, one less than the Astros all-time record.
The Astros had five home runs, two by Alex Bregman. His first one led off the scoring in the first, and his second finished the scoring in the eighth
Then Michael Brantley hit a two run homer in the third.
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This big homer in the 3rd made it s 5-0 game!
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Here’s a Yuli Gurriel home run in fourth inning. He also had an RBI triple in the third.
Here’s George Springer’s home run, his tenth of the year, which would make him second in the AL at the time of this writing.
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Other items of note.
Carlos Correa extended his hitting streak to 14 games, longest current streak in MLB. Michael Brantley’s 42nd hit leads the AL. Ryan Pressly had another scoreless inning, his 33 and 1/3rd. This is second on the Astros all-time list.
Besides being a blow-out there is an encouraging back-story to this game. Some seriously slumping Astros broke out today. Tyler White hit the ball very hard every at bat and ended up two for three with a double. Max Stassi, BA .139 after the game, was two for four. Yuli Gurriel was two for four with a triple and a homer. And slumping pitcher Josh James closed the game with a strike out on a pitch 101 MPH, his fastest all season in a season when his velocity has shown some decline from last year.
Wade Miley had another solid start, going six innings allowing only two runs. His season ERA is now down to 3.20. Of course, Albert Pujols had his obligatory home run against him, his 54th career against the Astros.
Oh yeah, one more major news flash. Mike Trout did not get a hit.
Tomorrow Justin Verlander faces Matt Harvey. Game time 3:10 CDT.
Box Score and video HERE.