Fresh off an embarrassment of epic proportions in the series opener against the Mariners, the Houston Astros looked to get back on track behind the red-hot Jarred Cosart as well as the newest of young prospects, Domingo Santana.
It really didn’t start out well. Beginning a game by surrendering a lead off walk is never a good opening act, especially when it leads to two runs. The Astros would answer back through Matt Dominguez, who got a clutch two out single following another strikeout by Jon Singleton.
The Mariners would get another in the following half inning.
It was all a lull after that. Santana struck out in his first two major league at bats. Cosart settled down decently enough, so it seemed. What looked like a short, disappointing outing turned decent for a steady three innings, but the Mariners would strike again in the 6th for seven more and the Astros looked about cooked, yet again. It took all my strength to keep watching.
Cosart was coming off four straight wins, but that streak would end here, as he went just 5.2 innings, giving up nine hits, four walks and six earned runs.
It was really just a matter of wishing it to end at this juncture of the game. Down 10-1 with another three innings to stumble through is not a fun situation to be in. Enrique Hernandez replaced Altuve for his major league debut and Kevin Chapman got another shot at pitching the bigs as well.
Chapman didn’t go well. He gave up another two runs in what started to become a joke.
Hernandez went a bit better. With runners on first and third, he launched a ground-rule double in his first major league at-bat, driving in his first RBI. He singled in his next at-bat as well.
Altuve looked good though, obviously, but that’s not even newsworthy anymore. Earlier in the day, the Hall of Fame and Museum requested Jose Altuve‘s cleats from Sunday, given that it was the day when he had his fourth straight, multi-steal game, the first guy to do so since 1917.
Game MVP: Jose Altuve
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