Before a sellout crowd at Minute Maid Park on a Tuesday night, one of this generation’s best pitchers, Zack Greinke, made his debut with the Houston Astros. Although the results tonight were below his normal standards, he managed to get the win, allowing seven hits and five runs in six innings pitched. For the most part he looked sharp and was in control, but was victimized by a three run Rasiel Tapia home run in the sixth inning.
Greinke looked very impressive in the first inning especially. Here’s a look.
Luckily Greinke was supported by a relentless Astros offense that scored runs in every inning except the first and eighth. There were four Astros homers, one a two run shot by Yordan Alvarez, his 14th, in the second inning, and a solo shot by Yuli Gurriel in the fourth inning.
Carlos Correa went opposite field in the sixth inning with a two run homer, his sixteenth, and Gurriel added two more runs in the seventh with his 22nd home run of the season.
The Astros had 13 hits, and every Astro had at least one except catcher Robinson Chirinos. Michael Brantley had his 44th multi-hit game of the season, and added two RBI. George Springer, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and of course, Yuli Gurriel, all had two hit games as well.
After Greinke’s departure at the end of the sixth, he was replaced by Chris Devenski, Hector Rondon, and Collin McHugh for the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings respectively. Devenski allowed a solo home run to Charlie Blackmon.
Tomorrow the second head of the Astros’ three-headed pitching monster goes for the Astros, Gerrit Cole, as he continues his quest for the AL Cy Young award. He is opposed by 22 year old rookie Peter Lambert.
Box score and videos HERE.