The Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics don’t exactly get along. This season has seen them square off in wars of words as well as their battles on the diamond. And it’s a well-known fact that the Astros do not fare well when they travel to the West Coast home of the A’s.
The Astros tabbed Brett Oberholtzer to start. In five of his last six spot starts, he’d delivered quality starts, and tonight was no different, as he went 7.0 innings giving up only two earned runs to Power Rankings’ number one team in baseball.
The Astros even jumped out on top early, as Chris Carter continued the tear that he’s on. He’s hitting well over .300 in his past ten games and he notched his second multi-hit game in a row. He drove in the opening two blows in the top of the third on a basic single up the middle.
The A’s would answer back in the bottom half and add another to tie the game in the 6th, and from there it was all pitching, and good pitching at that.
Dominguez couldn’t build off the dynamic game he had in the final game of the series against the White Sox, but Robbie Grossman has mounted the rally horse and pulled his average up over the Mendoza line.
I don’t think it even needs to be mentioned that Altuve had another multi-hit game, but he did, as if there was any doubt.
The bullpen did an excellent job keeping the Astros in the game. Josh Fields (2 IP), Tony Sipp (1 IP), Jose Veras (0.2 IP), Darin Downs (0.1 IP), and Chad Qualls (1 IP), combined to allow just two hits and one walk while striking out five in five innings of work.
Downs received the win and Qualls the save after L.J. Hoes hit a solo shot in the 12th inning.
For all Astros fans, I say thank you L.J. I needed to sleep!
Game MVP: L.J. Hoes