Game 1- Cole vs Medlen
Gerrit Cole. Lord have mercy. In his first career shutout, Cole struck out a career high 16 batters allowing only one hit and one walk. He ended the night with three 99mph fastballs.
Like all of us, A.J Hinch barely had words for it: Wow. It's hard to describe. It's an incredible display of pitching.
And then the offense did exactly what it was supposed to do. The entire starting nine (minus Cole, but he gets a pass) got in on the action. Yuli Gurriel had a 4 hit, 3 RBI night, Carlos Correa had 2 hits & 3 RBI's including a 2 run double off of Medlen that barely stayed fair down the right field line. The Diamondbacks would challenge the hit to no avail.
You may look at the box score and say "What about Jake Marisnick?" Jake was absolutely robbed. Robbed, I tell you. Marisnick sent one back to the wall in right field and it looked like the drought was over but Jarrod Dyson leaped onto the wall nabbing what would have been a solo home run. I said it Friday and I'll say it now: As far as I'm concerned, Jake had a home run. The Astros would end the night 8-0.
Also, Josh Reddick:
Game 2: Morton vs Greinke
Charlie Morton had a bit of an off outing and started off the bottom of the 1st by walking the first three batters he saw, allowing one to score on a sac fly. Morton would get through five innings, followed by McHugh, Smith & Rondon who all allowed no runs. Top of the 5th, George Springer knocked his 7th home run into the left center field walkway to get the Astros first run of the day on the board. The Astros kept getting runners on but no one would bring those runners in until the top of the 8th when Brian McCann doubled to bring in Josh Reddick from 1st & Derek Fisher brought in Jake Marisnick to tie up the game. In the bottom of the 9th, all kinds of drama went down. Chris Devenski took the mound, got two outs, struck out David Peralta when 3b ump said he went around on a changeup, which Archie Bradley lost his mind and got himself ejected over. Then Devenski loaded the bases. Brad Peacock came in and the Diamondbacks walked it off on Peacock's first pitch that got past Bregman and Correa. Lame.
Game 3: Verlander vs Koch
I don't have a ton to say about this game. I was in and out of a nap and the Astros were 1 for 10 with RISP. A ridiculous "obstruction" call lost this game for the Astros.
Hinch had this to say about it:
This is what #Astros manager AJ Hinch said about the obstruction call on Alex Bregman that resulted in the #Dbacks taking a 2-1 lead instead of the game just being tied. pic.twitter.com/kmk3sgvEE2— Justin Toscano (@JustinCToscano) May 6, 2018
Then there's this:
Crew chief Brian Gorman to a pool reporter in Arizona pic.twitter.com/H3y94e5WSH— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) May 6, 2018
I'm sorry... if you're asking a fielder to do something "impossible" then how is this a fair rule and a fair call?
Up Next: The A's and West Coast baseball. Yuck. Then a home series against the South Oklahoma Ramgers. I'll be attending Sunday's game for my birthday and ClintShane will have your recap for that series.
Series W-L: 6-5