Even when something bad happens, the Houston Astros turn it into a good thing. Sure, we blew the save and had to go to extra innings, but that allowed Chris Carter to be the hero and launch a home run for the win. If his confidence isn’t overflowing at this point, it never will be.
First off, let’s tackle the negatives so we can get to the positives. Matt Dominguez was awful. He hit into two bases-loaded one-out double plays, one in the bottom of the ninth. In the three at-bats in which he didn’t hit into a double play, he struck out.
Another negative? Jose Altuve got hit by a pitch and left the game immediately. Not much needs to be said about the magnitude of this.
But on the positive side, Scott Feldman finally put together a good start after being wholly ineffective since returning from the DL. He put up 6.2 innings, two earned runs, walked none and struck out six. He looked much more like his early-season self as opposed to what he’s been lately.
Jon Singleton homered again and drove in another on a sac fly, but he did miss a crucial opportunity with the bases loaded and nobody out, as he popped out to shortstop.
Springer’s walk count continues to prove that his plate discipline is really coming around, as he drew two walks and didn’t strike out, despite being down 0-2 a hefty amount. He also made a great diving catch, potentially saving the game for the Astros.
And finally, Dexter Fowler returned to his regular, multi-hit form, as he put up three hits.
Oh, and Chris Carter hit a pretty neat home run.
The missed opportunities and the blown save couldn’t hold the Astros down. Or at least they couldn’t hold Carter down. He took the team lead in home runs and won the series for the Astros by launching his 13th on the season.
Game MVP: Chris Carter
The Astros are now only six games under .500. They move on to face the Tampa Bay Rays, who are about as cold as they come. Hopefully they can continue this streak and move even closer to breaking even.