A pitcher’s duel this game was not.
There were 18 runs scored tonight, 23 hits, 57 total bases. Astros starter Brad Peacock allowed four runs in 6.1 innings, and was damn lucky to get off that lightly. After allowing a first inning double to Christian Yellich, who scored on a Yasmani Grandal single, Peacock managed to strand three runners to escape the first inning allowing only one run.
In the third Christian Yellich homered, his 25th of the season; in this case Peacock was in good company, joining the ever growing pitchers’ self-help group called Yellich Anonymous.
But in the fifth he again lucked out with only one run allowed. After Orlanda Arcia scored on a Ben Gamel double, and Yellich singled Gamel to third with no outs, Peacock slithered out.
First, Lorenzo Cain grounded to third, and Gamel was thrown out on a fielder’s choice attempting to score. Then Mike Moustakas shot a rocket line drive right to shortstop Alex Bregman, who then stepped on second for a double play to end the threat.
Tonight, the usually elusive Peacock did not have his best stuff. He managed only three swings and misses out of ninety pitches thrown.
But enough for how the losers scored, let’s look at the Astros’ onslaught.
Tyler White, featuring a fresh haircut, was the anti-Samson, striking first for the Astros with a second inning two-run homer. Two is his lucky number today, it was his second homer of the season.
In the third inning, Yuli Gurriel hit a two run homer, scoring Michael Brantley, who had a single, a double, and a triple tonight.
But it was in the fifth inning when the full brunt of the Astros attack struck. Alex Bregman started the inning with a single, who scored on a Michael Brantley triple. Yuli Gurriel plated Brantley with a single, his third hit of the game, giving him a game high 3 RBI.
But the killer blow came from the newest Astro, Air Yordan, Yordan Alvarez. Before this at bat, Alvarez looked a bit over-matched, as new call-ups are wont to do, striking out twice. Indeed, the first two change ups he saw in this at bat seemed to have baffled the young phenom. But when Matt Albers threw that third change up, well located below the zone, Yordan just sort of poked at it....and barreled it 353 feet over the right field fence.
Are you kidding me? For normal men, that’s just a pop up.
Here’s the whole inning. Wait for Air Yordan at the end.
Yordan Alvarez is the first Astro in history to hit a home run in each of his first two games.
The Astros would score their 9th and 10th runs on a Robinson Chirinos two-run homer, his eleventh, as Chirinos adds an exclamation mark to his bid for the All Stars.
Meanwhile the powerful Brew Crew did not surrender. In the seventh, Travis Shaw had a solo homer, in the eighth Mike Moustakas scored on a Yasmani Grandal double, and in the ninth the Brewers scored three runs against Chris Devenski on a three-run Grandal home run.
Chris Devenski suppressed the threat with three straight change ups to strike out Eric Thames to end the game.
Tomorrow, Justin Verlander (8-2, 2.31 ERA) faces fellow eight game winner Brandon Woodruff (8-1, 3.87 ERA). Game time 7:10 CDT.
Box score and videos HERE.