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Houston Astros Look Ahead to Oakland After Winning Series in Seattle

The Houston Astros had a successful offensive series in Seattle, but now must move and look ahead to Oakland with ace Dallas Keuchel taking the mound tonight.

The Astros took two of three in Seattle in a series that saw their offense take a huge leap. Fans should be excited by what they saw out of the bats and expect them to continue their hot streak into Oakland.

Game 1: Astros 0 Mariners 6

James Paxton dominated the Astros lineup throwing seven innings of four hit baseball while striking out eight. Paxton allowed zero runs in this outing.

Three of the hits off Paxton came courtesy of Carlos Correa, but the Astros were unable to do anything with those.

Although he took the loss, this was a decent outing for Astros Pitcher Charlie Morton. Morton went five innings striking out six and allowing three runs. You would like a little more out of your number three pitcher, but with the Astros bats being quiet on this night it really would not have mattered.

Game 2: Astros 7 Mariners 5

Joe Musgrove went five and a third innings in this outing. He allowed three runs on seven hits, but the Astros offense picked him up to give him his first win of the season.

The lineup got to Ariel Miranda early with a leadoff home run by George Springer. Evan Gattis had a based loaded double that cleared the bases in the seventh inning that would make the score 6-2 and ultimately secure the win for the Astros.

A solid outing of relief from Will Harris and Luke Gregerson who worked a combined two and two thirds innings allowing only one hit and striking out three.

Ken Giles was rocked a little in ninth inning and allowed two walks and two runs, but was able to settle down and secure the win for Musgrove.

Game 3: Astros 10 Mariners 5

Mike Fiers started this game and looked shaky from Jump Street. Fiers allowed five runs on six hits through only four innings. In fact the game looked to be out of control early as the score was 5-0 Mariners after the third inning.

The Astros lineup came to life in the fourth inning and did not seem to stop from there. This was the type of performance Jeff Luhnow expected when he assembled this lineup that Astros were able to manufacture ten runs on no home runs and 16 hits.

Manufacturing runs was something they were missing early on, but with many players missing time in spring training to participate in the World Baseball Classic, some are just not finding their groove. Expect this type of offensive output more often than not.

Tony Sipp, Brad Peacock, Luke Gregerson and Jandel Gustave looked solid in their five innings of relief of Fiers. The four pitchers combined to only surrender three hits to the Mariners once the Bullpen took over.

Up Next: Aces Wild

The Astros and Oakland Athletics will both send their number one pitchers to the mound tonight in Oakland. Dallas Keuchel is coming off of two impressive starts where he will face off against Oakland pitcher Kendall Graveman. Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton will see action in the two games following Before the Astros return to Houston on Monday to face off against the Los Angeles Angels.

The bats have been hot and they look to remain that way, over the last two games the Astros have put together 30 hits and 17 runs. It is hard to expect them to slow down, but Graveman is not a pitcher to sleep on.

In his first two starts of the season Graveman held the Angels and Rangers to a combined three runs on eight hits while pitching 13 innings.

The struggle will be real for the A’s lineup as Keuchel became only the fourth pitcher in history to go seven innings or more while allowing two hits or fewer in his first two starts of the season; behind Nolan Ryan, Tom Phoebus, and Lon Warneke.

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