A little over two weeks into the season and The Astros have already faced the Rangers for a 2nd time. In the last series with The Rangers, The Astros had 22 runs while the Rangers had 11. This series the Astros had 9 while the Rangers had 11. Here’s how these three games panned out.
Game 1- Cole vs Hamels
Take a look at this line from Gerrit “Not even our first starter” Cole: 7IP, 3H/2ER, 14K:1BB.
Yep. You read that correctly. Fourteen. He was so good that the fact that he didn’t get the W on this one is an atrocity, but that’s what happened because in the 7th Joey Gallo and Robinson Chirinos both hit two solo HR’s to tie up the game. Speaking of solo HR’s, George Springer had two in this game, the first being off the very first pitch of the game from Cole Hamels. In the bottom of 8th, Evan Gattis drew a walk and Derek Fisher came in to pinch run (which of course is always a good idea). Marwin Gonzalez hit a line drive up the middle which was misplayed by Drew Robinson and allowed Fisher to book it all the way home scoring the winning run.
Game 2- Morton vs Minor
Charlie “Shoulda Got This W” Morton struck out 12 Saturday to tie a career high. That’s all I have to say about that. The offense broke out in the bottom of the 4th. Single, Single, HBP, Double, HR and the Astros would lead it 5-0. In the 5th and 6th The Rangers scored two with Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Adrian Beltre each getting a solo HR. Brad Peacock allowed a 2 run homer from Joey Gallo and a solo Hr from Ronald Guzman. Tied at the end of the 9th after a clean inning from Ken “You can’t blame this one on me” Giles, Will “Are you serious” Harris came in for the 10th to walk Jurickson Profar, give Gallo a double, intentionally walk Beltre to load the bases and then allow a single from Guzman to put the Rangers ahead permanently. Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve attempted to get the rally going in the bottom of the 10th but it was a no-go with Carlos Correa, Yuli Gurriel and Josh Reddick all taken out.
On a happier note, check out this throw from Bregman.
Game 3- Verlander vs Colon
Sometimes a game with no offense can be an epic bore but when you have two pitchers going at it the way Bartolo Colon and Justin Verlander did, it’s more exciting than the box score would let on. Bartolo Colon was perfect through 7 but in the 8th Carlos Correa walked, Josh Reddick doubled and Yuli Gurriel hit a sacfly to get the Astros first and only run for the night on the board. Outside of a homerun to Robinson Churinos in the 3rd, Verlander allowed no hits while on the mound, striking out 11. As far as the Astros offense goes, there’s not much to say because not much happened.
And not much has happened the way I think most of us thought it would happen this season so far. It’s early, small sample sizes, etc. True. What is also true is the Astros are still looking to settle in this season offensively. Defensively we’ve seen the field take care of the SP’s pretty well. Seeing guys like Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton and Justin Verlander come up w a no decision because the offense is lagging is disappointing. Those guys deserve those wins. We know they’ll figure it out. This group is too talented not to. I just hope they do before the next time we face them damn Ramgers.
Up next, The Astros head to Seattle to start a seven game road trip.
Series W-L: 3-2