I was incredibly skeptical of the Houston Astros lineup today against the Rays. Jesus Guzman being tossed in the third spot after a disappointing season and having not started a game in a week was an iffy decision to say the least.
I wasn’t getting warm and fuzzies from the pitching match-up either. David Price against Brad Peacock. Price may not be having the best season ever, but it’s still David Price. And Peacock has been hit or miss this year.
But the Astros were quick in their attempt to quell my misgivings, as they blasted off for two home runs in the 1st inning, one from Dexter Fowler and one from the newly revitalized Matt Dominguez, whose clutch three run double last night put the Astros on cruise control for the win. From there, though, the offense was awfully cold.
The Rays would get one back the following half-inning as it became pretty obvious that, after throwing 50 pitches through just two innings, Peacock was headed for a short outing.
Guzman did do a bit of impressing, as he drove in Fowler from second with two outs in the 3rd, to put the Astros up 3-1.
The Rays answered back quickly, however, as Peacock’s shut down inning didn’t go according to plan again, though he did hold the damage to one run, as the Rays pulled within one.
Peacock wouldn’t make it to the 5th inning. He never really looked in control, despite tip-toeing out of numerous jams with the lead intact. He walked four and gave up three hits in just four innings.
Williams continued his work on procuring the loss in the 8th, when he went single, hit by pitch, single, sac bunt before exiting the game leaving runners on second and third with just one out. The damage wouldn’t get any worse, though, as Sipp and Zeid stopped the bleeding.
That would be it though, as the Astros wouldn’t muster up anymore scoring. The Astros just couldn’t solve Price, and they lost their first series in quite some time. Altuve and Singleton were given pinch-hit opportunities in the 9th, but they couldn’t put anything together.
George Springer was the epitome of the Astros struggles today, as he achieved another golden sombrero, his second in three games. In his last three games, he’s struck out nine times in eleven at-bats. However, he did make a spectacular, run saving catch.
Game MVP: Dexter Fowler