This year, the Astros played their second game of the season and recorded their second win of the season on the same night! Tonight’s game was a far cry from game 2 of last season, when Yu Darvish was perfect for 26 outs. Tonight the Astros rode big games from their new centerfielder, Dexter Fowler, and pitching staff to start the season 2-0.
Fowler led off the game with a home run to right-center, and the Astros never gave up their lead. Fowler followed up his lead-off home run his next at-bat with a triple and was immediately driven in by Robbie Grossman. Matt Dominguez added an insurance run with a solo shot of his own in the 7th.
Jarred Cosart had a good start to the season, going 5 IP, giving up 4 hits, while walking none and striking out 3. Cosart was hitting 96mph consistently early on, and his off-speed stuff looked sharp for the most part. The Yankees scored their only run off of Kevin Chapman who had a tough 2/3 of an inning, walking two. Matt Albers came in with 2 outs and a man on, getting out of the jam and striking out 4 over 1.1 innings pitched. Josh Fields closed it out and recorded his first save of the season.
Bo Porter did a poor job managing the pitching staff tonight. He pulled Cosart early when his stuff seemed to be working. Cosart ran into a little trouble in the 5th, falling behind in one count and loading the bases, but all of the hits recorded off of him in the 5th were ground balls that just happened to find a hole. That is going to happen sometimes with ground ball pitchers. Cosart was able to get out of the inning on his own.
Gold Orange Stars
- The first star of the season goes to Dexter Fowler, going 2 for 4 with a home run, a triple, and 2 runs scored. He’s fun to watch. He’s so fast that it looks like he’s trotting.
- Jarred Cosart gets the second star for walking none and recording a ground ball in 69% of his batted balls tonight. He is incredibly effective when he is limiting free passes. Astros fans should be very excited about his future.
- The last Orange Star of the night goes to Matt Albers. He got out of a jam and struck out the side, getting out from every batter via the strikeout.
- Bo Porter for his poor job managing the pitching staff. It didn’t hurt us tonight, but it could going forward.
- Jose Altuve. He didn’t really do anything wrong, but he had three opportunities to drive in/advance runners and was never able to convert.