The Houston Astros were able to secure another series win against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, dominating the game with two grand slams.
Collin McHugh continued his stretch of solid starts, although this one wasn’t as smooth as he had been. Whatever the case, McHugh simply could not spot the fastball. Each fastball forced catcher Carlos Corporan to shift, including one he winged beyond the left-handed batters box.
The lack of control led to some injury concern, and McHugh couldn’t quite make it five innings to qualify for the win. He exited in the 4th inning after it was quite apparent that, after five walks, he wasn’t 100%.
But the offense was where the headlines for the game will derive from. Dexter Fowler got it started by launching his 4th home run of the season to start the 3rd inning.
The first big inning for the Astros was the 4th, where the Astros loaded the bases on two walks and a hit-by-pitch. From there, back-to-back singles by Fowler and Jonathan Villar followed by a sac fly by Jose Altuve were all the Astros could muster, as Jon Singleton and Matt Dominguez couldn’t produce any more.
The next big blow came in the seventh. After a smoked lead-off double by Singleton and a walk drawn by Dominguez, Robbie Grossman continued to prove how skilled a bunter he is, as he turned another sac bunt into a single. And then came Chris Carter. Carter displayed some unbelievable raw power by literally flinging his bat at the ball and hitting an opposite field grand slam.
Springer displayed more of his strength by taking the first pitch he saw in the 8th over the center field wall for his 12th home run of his young season. Hopefully this is a sign that he’s getting back to his late 2013 form.
And then the 9th inning happened. After a single, an error and a hit by pitch, Singleton eradicated a ball into the right field bleachers, his first career grand slam, securing the win, 14-5.
Grossman and Villar, both of whom are fresh off cold streaks, had solid games as well, combining to go 5-8 with two walks, three runs, an RBI, a stolen base and just one strikeout.
The Astros head to Arizona to face the Diamonbacks for a short two-game set in Arizona.
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