Houston Astros traveled to Oakland to compete against the first seed in the AL West, the Athletics. The Astros won one but dropped four.
Yet again, Houston’s pitching has not been good, but this series we saw many “dead bats”. Offense has gone under with only a few solo home runs but lacks powerful base-hits.
Right-handed pitcher Cristian Javier started game one throwing five innings with three strikeouts, three hits and two runs. Looking at the overall pitching, he did good considering the final score was 0-6.
Cionel Pérez was the first out of the pin and threw and was pulled after getting two outs. The next two did some damage to the score for the lead to blow open. Andre Scrubb had 1.1 innings of work acquiring one hit, run, walk and strikeout. Cy Sneed entered in the eight giving up three hits, runs and two walks.
Game two was more interesting as Houston came back from a 2-0 deficit in the fifth. However, Astros’ starter Zack Greinke fell apart in the sixth giving up two more runs. Oakland walked away with a 4-2 victory.
The evening event started soon after the 2-4 loss. Chase De Jong has a 14.73 ERA for the 2020 season and he started on the mound for Houston. He lasted three innings before manager Dusty Baker made a call to the bullpen.
Oakland had an explosive third with four runs but the Astros answered back with four in the fourth. Entering the seventh inning, the game was tied 4-4 but a sacrifice fly from Yuli Gurriel scored George Springer, ensuring a 5-4 win.
The next two games Oakland took the wins 3-2 and 3-1. The Seattle Mariners are still trailing behind Houston, but we will see as Houston faces the Los Angeles Dodgers and Mariners against Arizona Diamondbacks.
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