It was a great start to the season as the Astros rode a dominant start from Dallas Keuchel to a 3-0 victory over the Mariners.
Keuchel reminded us why he won the Cy-Young in 2015, limiting a talented Mariners lineup to no runs and only two hits over 7 innings. It was a vintage Keuchel performance, fast paced with pitches pounding the bottom of the strike zone. Keuchel relied heavily on his cutter and changeup, both of which had good movement down in the zone. The infield stayed busy as Keuchel enduced 11 ground balls. Correa and Altuve both made nice plays, but it was Keuchel himself who flashed the most leather, showing insane range to rob two Mariners of bunt singles.
The Mariners threatened in the 8th, but with runners on 2nd and 3rd Luke Gregerson got Robinson Cano to line out to end the inning. Ken Giles followed in the ninth by striking out the side, and just like that the Astros were 1-0.
Offensively, it didn't take long for the Astros to get going. George Springer launched a home run in the Astros first at bat, crushing a ball over the Crawford Boxes in left. Correa delivered the Astros second homer of the season when he launched a high fastball out of the stadium and literally through a nearby window:
Correa drove in the Astros third run as well, lining a 3-0 pitch deep to center for a sacrifice fly.
It was a great start to the season and a clean all around game. There are 161 games left to go but that was certainly the start we were looking for.
The journey continues tomorrow when Lance McCullers faces Hisashi Iwakuma in the second game of the series. Coverage begins at 7:10 pm CT on ROOT Sports.