Two Texas teams competed Tuesday through Thursday.The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros made things interesting. Who came out on top? The Houston Astros took home the series win.
The first game kicked off with a close loss, 5-6, for the Astros. Houston was winning 4-3 by the seventh but the bullpen could not keep up. Left handed pitcher Framber Valdez started on the mound for Houston, giving up five hits and three runs.
Right handed pitcher Ryan Pressly entered and gave up the tying run in the ninth to ensure extra innings. Once the ninth concluded, Blake Taylor came out of the pin giving up two more runs. He was pulled for the last out of the game and handed the ball to Andre Scrubb.
Houston needed two runs to tie the game or three to walk it off. However, the bottom of the tenth only saw one run scored by Houston. Infielder Michael Brantley hit a line drive to score Jose Altuve, but it was not enough to keep the game going.
The second game was won by Houston, 2-1. Michael Brantley homered in the first to score George Springer. Pitcher Cristian Javier started on the bump and recorded 6.2 innings, his longest outing.
The Texas Rangers tried to battle back in the fourth but only scored one. Three people appeared from the bullpen and only accumulated one hit.
The third game ensured the Lone Star series win for the Astros. The first inning had an explosive offense from the Houston Astros. Four runs blew the lead open early on with a line drive from Brantley scoring Altuve and a home run from Aledmys Diaz.
Four more runs were scattered throughout the game bringing the victory 8-4. Zack Grienke and Cy Sneed gave up four runs together. Grienke acquired three of them.
Only 23 games left in the season, how will Houston’s pitching handle the rest? Will Jose Altuve start to shine like the star he is? Only time will tell.
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