If you want to be a good team, you have to win the close ones.
Chris Devenski had yet another stellar outing in relief, striking out approximately 103 batters last night, including Mike Trout on three pitches.
*Carlos Correa was out of the lineup - letting Bregman play his natural position - with the bruised hand. Correa:
I didn't feel comfortable swinging the bat today. Give me another day. Hopefully I'll be back in there tomorrow.
*The rainout in Oakland on Sunday allowed Hinch to tweak his rotation a little bit, giving Charlie Morton and Joe Musgrove an extra day of rest while Keuchel and McCullers will go on normal rest on Wednesday and Thursday, pushing Mike Fiers' next start to Friday against Tampa Bay.
*The Astros are #1 in ESPN's Power Rankings.
*Jon Bernhardt looks at what a possible Correa extension would look like.
*Buies Creek's Franklin Perez, the 2nd-youngest pitcher in the Carolina League, was named Pitcher of the Week.
*Corpus catcher Garrett Stubbs has been put on the 7-Day DL with a hamstring.
*The Rangers put favorite closer ever Sam Dyson on the 10-Day DL with Suck.
On The Farm
Fresno took that sweep at the hands of Salt Lake with a 6-2 loss. David Martinez threw 6IP, 10H/4ER, 3K:2BB. Jared Mortensen allowed three hits, a walk, and 2ER in the 8th. Jon Kemmer had two of Fresno's five hits. Preston Tucker hit a two-run homer, Max Stassi got a double and Teoscar Hernandez hit a triple and got an outfield assist.
Corpus rallied for three in the bottom of the 7th to tie it up against NW Arkansas...and then lost in the 13th inning, 9-7. Cy Sneed made his return to the rotation, throwing 5IP, 3H/2ER, 3K:2BB; Eric Peterson and Ryan Thompson each allowed 3ER. Alejandro Garcia was 3x6 with 2RBI; Antonio Nunez was 3x5 with a walk and an RBI; Drew Ferguson, J.D. Davis, and Jack Mayfield (HR, 2RBI) had two hits each.
Buies Creek improved to 9-3 with a 4-2 win over Myrtle Beach. Elieser Hernandez threw 4.1IP, 5H/2ER, 4K:2BB. Akeem Bostick got the decision with 3.2IP, 1H/0ER, 4K:1BB. Akeem Bostick this season: 14.2IP, 5H/0ER, 13K:4BB. Osvaldo Duarte was 3x4, Dexture McCall was 2x3 with a walk and an RBI; Kyle Tucker was 1x3 with a walk, RBI, and a stolen base.
Quad Cities scored early and often in a 15-1 road win over Burlington. Jorge Alcala threw 5IP, 1H/0ER, 2K:5BB; Enoli Paredes threw 3IP, 2H/1ER, 4K:0BB. Everyone got on base at least twice. Alex De Goti had a big night, going 4x4 with 2HR and 2BB, Ronnie Dawson and Jake Rogers each had three hits.