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Houston Astros, McCullers Looking to Use Momentum from Opening Night in Game 2

The Houston Astros had a great Opening Night in all phases of the game, but they will need to be just as good if not better in order to have a 2-0 record by tomorrow.

Did you watch? It was beautiful; the ballpark looks great and so does Dallas Keuchel.

Plenty of other Astros showed last night why this season will feature a solid lineup and pitching staff.

Dallas Keuchel

We saw what 2016 had for Keuchel, but last night he seemed to return to the form that earned him the 2015 Cy-Young award.

Keuchel walked only two Seattle batters and allowed only two hits in a seven-inning, four-strikeout effort which notched his first win of the season.

Nearly half the batters Keuchel faced grounded out (11); showing off his Gold Glove early Keuchel made two fantastic plays on bunts that with any hesitation would have left the runners safe.

Luke Gregerson and Ken Giles

The two men expected to contribute heavily in the bullpen did just that last night.

Gregerson entered the eighth Inning in relief of Keuchel, allowing one hit, one walk, and striking out one.

Giles came in for the ninth inning, allowing one walk and striking out the side to secure his first save of what we hope to be many this season.

The Lineup

George Springer opened the bottom of the first inning with a leadoff home run to the Crawford Boxes which would prove to be the only run the Astros would need.

That did not stop Carlos Correa from adding on. Correa launched an absolute moonshot of a home run to Union Station and later adding a sacrifice fly to ultimately secure the final score of the game at 3-0.

Other Astros to record their first hits of the 2017 season: Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, Josh Reddick, Nori Aoki. Look for Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, and Yuli Gurriel to contribute their first hits of 2017 later tonight. 

Preview for Game #2

Tonight Lance McCullers will take on Hisashi Iwakuma at 7:10 pm in the second game in this four game series. The Astros look to build off their momentum from Opening Night and attack Iwakuma early at the plate.

This will be a very interesting start for McCullers, who did not look very sharp in his most recent exhibition outing last week vs. the Chicago Cubs. If McCullers pitches well, I would expect the Astros to win this ball game and start the season with a 2-0 record. 


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