Houston Astros fans — this was the type of game than you could really hang your hat on.
In the past couple of seasons, fans have not always had that luxury.
They trailed early in but fought hard to get themselves back in the game to not only tie but to ultimately come out the victor.
Jason Castro, who has struggled at the plate as of late, was able to get a badly-needed walk-off home run to help send his fellow teammates to the locker room with a victory at hand.
It seemed to be a play to remember, the pitch count was 2-1, and Blaine Hardy was doing his utmost to keep the game stabilized as he knew he was at the end of the rotation.
But a funny thing happened.
Hardy threw everything he had at Castro and he crushed it! It was a 90-mph, four-seam fastball that seemed to be nothing to Castro causing him to send a line drive to right-center field — adjacent to our home bullpen!
After he did his ceremonial run of the bases, he was swarmed by his fellow brethren accented in orange waiting for him at home plate.
And rightfully so.
But, I have to admit, the Astros would’ve not been in position to win had it not been for Jose Altuve. With the exception of the walk-off, Altuve was involved in every scoring play for the team in some way or fashion.
Altuve ended his monster night with going 4-for-5, with a double, one RBI and two stolen bases! Fantastic — that pushes his hit total to 111, still leading the majors in that statistical category.
Brad Peacock was on the bump and had the task to face Justin Verlander — one of the league’s top aces. Peacock did get considerable work in — allowing seven hits, one earned run, two walks, fanning three and allowing one home run in 6.2 innings of work.
But Verlander was able to fan eight batters despite allowing six hits, three earned runs and one walk in 6.0 innings.
Nonetheless, the Astros earned this one and it’s fitting that they hold their heads up high for doing what it took to beat a quality baseball team like the Tigers.
The Astros do it again tomorrow against the Tigers at 3:10 p.m. CDT.
Brett Oberholtzer has been called up from the RedHawks and will get the start after Dallas Keuchel, the originally scheduled starter, nurses some inflammation in his left wrist, having a definite effect on his left-arm delivery.
I hope he gets well soon so that way he can keep that All-Star bid of his going!
Go ‘Stros — let’s go for Win No. 2 in this series!
Tigers vs. Astros (Box Score)