The Houston Astros scored six runs twice which is a club record for runs by Houston at Tropicana Field. They came into Tampa riding another win streak, to see that streak end in the second game of the series. After the game yesterday you saw the Astros score six unanswered runs after falling behind 4-0.
The pitching was not stellar from Musgrove, but after surrendering those 4 runs Musgrove and the bullpen pitched a shut out. The bullpen saw Peacock come in and give a solid outing with two innings, four strikeouts and two walks, followed by Gregerson with one shutout inning and the recipient of the win, he did his job. Then Giles came in to earn his 5th save of the young season.
The bats came alive in the game with Altuve, Aoki, and Gurriel collecting a multi-hit game each. Correa added to the runs with a two run bomb despite only going 1-5. With Springer out of the starting lineup today, hopefully resting his sor hamstring, the rest of the roster picked up the slack in his absence.
Springer is only batting .217 but his powe has been a spark for this club, and even when early season hot bats like Reddick going 0-5, you have McCann come through with a big RBI in late innings to help lead the Astros to their 13th win.
Now they head to Cleveland, to face AL central 1st place Indians. They will send Keuchel, MCCullers, and Fiers square off against Tomlin, Bauer and Kluber. The Cleveland offense is where the Indians have done most of their damage.
Cleveland has scored 87 runs off 155 hits, and 22 home runs. Keuchel and McCullers are a combined 5-0, with Keuchel’s ERA at 0.96, and McCullers' ERA slightly higher at 3.38. Regardless they have had run support. If they can get quality starts and then have the bullpen do their job the Astros should be able to come out with a series win.
A series win before coming back home to face the rangers could give them momentum and their early dominance over the AL West to this point.
Altuve on the road is hitting: .467 followed by Gurriel and Aoki both hitting .444. They have three other hitters over .300 on the road, and they have shown an ablity to score runs, come from behind and if need be can win in extra innings.
Look for the Astros to score a lot, the pitching to do its job against a tough Cleveland offense, and the team to remain dominant in the American League.