May 31st, 2017, Minneapolis
Pinch Me. I think I’m dreaming. Are the Astros really for real?
On Monday they scored 16 runs, 11 in one inning. On Tuesday they won 7-2. Surely the Twins would manage to salvage one game here in Minneapolis.
The Astros really scored 17 runs tonight here in Minnesota. That’s 40 for the three-game series. Forty seven hits. Eighty four total bases. Ten home runs.
Tonight was the best. It doesn’t get any better. Seventeen runs, 19 hits, six homers.
It started early. In the first inning three hole hitter Carlos Correa knocked in the lead-off man, George Springer, with a massive home run to left.
The second inning was quiet. It was one of only two innings in which the Astros did not score. But in the third inning the Astros added two more on RBI singles by Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis.
In the third and fourth innings the Twins made it seem like this might be a game, scoring one in each frame to bring the score to 4-2.
But in the fifth inning the Astros widened their lead on a solo homer by Springer, and in the sixth Alex Bregman added his own dinger, his third in three games.
Just to keep it sporting, in the bottom of the sixth inning the Twins answered with two runs of their own on Eddie Rosario and Jason Castro homers, cutting the Astro lead to one, 6-5.
But the seventh inning tonight was for the Astros what the eighth inning was Monday. The Astros broke this one open with five runs, starting with a Springer 470 foot+ shot to the upper deck of left field. But that was only the beginning.
Yuli Gurriel hit a two run single, scoring Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis, and sending Marwin Gonzalez to third. Gonzalez would score on a Bregman single, sending Gurriel to third. Then, Gurriel would score on a Nori Aoki sac fly to end the scoring in the seventh.
The onslaught would continue in the eighth. Gattis hit a solo homer, and two outs and two base runners later, Marisnick hit in two with a double.
Just to make this the biggest scoring game of the year, Gonzalez rounded out the scoring with a two-run homer in the ninth.
Every Astro batter had at least one hit, led by Springer and Gattis, each with four. Every batter had at least one RBI but one, led by Gattis and Correa, each with three. And every batter scored at least run but one, led by Springer’s four.
The Astros were six for twelve with runners in scoring position. And how often do you see the number of runs more than double the number of runners left on base. (8)
These Astros bats are so hot on this road trip somebody might think they must be cheating.