The Houston Astros entered their Fourth of July meeting against the division rival Angels in dire need of a win. They had fallen victim to a single bad inning in the majority of their recent games, and that one bad inning had been their downfall.
Well tonight was a different story…. at first.
What came next is what Astros fans are hoping to see for the next decade and more. Following a lead-off single by Hernandez, George Springer blasted off for his 17th home run. His 17th since May 1st rank only behind Nelson Cruz and Edwin Encarnacion.
Dominguez and Carter would follow-up with two more singles before a much beleaguered Jon Singleton blasted a line drive to left field, a home run that he needed desperately.
However, Pujols would answer back with a two-run homer and the Angels were back within a run.
Dallas Keuchel was the benefactor of some much needed run support, but he couldn’t do anything with it, as he clearly is not the normally dominant pitcher we got spoiled by. Keuchel drew all his success from keeping the ball down in the zone, but that just hasn’t been easy to do for him lately, as he’s been elevating quite a bit.
Once the bullpen took over, the lead was a short-lived luxury, as the Angels tied the game in the 7th. From there, it was never really a secure feeling. The bullpen has been pretty shaky lately and they lived up to that reputation by allowing a Mike Trout walk-off in the 9th.
On a positive note, what can be said of Enrique Hernandez? The guy has no position to call home on the Astros roster, yet he makes spectacular plays and is hitting .500 since being called up. This guy is starting to turn into the spark that the Astros were hoping to get from Domingo Santana, who is still searching for his first hit.
Game MVP: Enrique Hernandez