Thursday, May 17, 2018

Series Recap: Astros @ Angels 05/14-16

The Astros entered this series one game up on The Angels and leave it two games up.

Game 1- McCullers vs Heaney

Lance McCullers continues to have a hard time finding the curve but despite taking the L for this game, McCullers actually pitched rather well allowing only 2 runs on 4 hits. Somehow Andrew Heaney managed to get 10k's from the Astros keeping them at ONE RUN off of 6 hits. That's right. Another one run game. I was watching the Rockets lose majority of this game, so flipping over to the Astros game and watching them lose by ONE RUN caused me to fall asleep with a scowl on my face.

Game 2- Cole vs Barria

The Astros delivered a win to A.J. Hinch for his birthday. Gerrit Cole had his roughest start of the season lasting only 5 innings. Cole gave up two home runs, scoring 3 runs off of 5 hits. McHugh came in and pitched the 6th & 7th, Will Harris in the 8th and Ken Giles got the save after shutting it down in the 9th. Jose Altuve broke a 0 for 16 drought in game 1 and it must have triggered the floodgates. In the top of the 8th Altuve hit a bases clearing double (they were loaded) scoring Josh Reddick, Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman to put the Astros ahead 4-3. The final score was 5-3. Reddick had two amazing outfield assists, throwing out Mike Trout at 3rd and Ian Kinsler at home plate. Check it:

Game 3- Verlander vs Richards

Was a good night for starting pitcher Justin Verlander. Verlander became the 33rd member of the 2,500 strikeout club, striking out Shohei Ohtani in the bottom of the 9th. First regular season complete game with the Astros. First shutout in 3 years. Highest regular season pitch count (118) since joining the Astros last September. The guy is a beast. The offense didn't have as good of a night as the Astros managed only 5 hits. The 2 runs the Astros scored came on an Evan Gattis 2 run homer after Josh Reddick reached 1st base on an error. Tony Kemp got the call and came up with a single in his 2nd plate appearance which is more than Jake Marisnick has been able to do lately. Marisnick was sent down to AAA Fresno to get in some plate appearances and figure things out. Got my fingers crossed for him.

Thursday is an off day, then Cleveland comes to town. Sadly, Tyler Bauer is not scheduled to pitch.

Series W-L: 9-5