It was a big day for the Houston Astros. Top prospect Michael Foltynewicz joined the big league club to give some much needed help to a bullpen that was squirming day in and day out. Not only that, but the potential five-tool outfielder Jake Marisnick was starting in center field.
It didn’t start well for Houston. McHugh gave up a run in the first and tap-danced out of a second and third, no out jam in the second, while he awaited the Astros first hit, which wouldn’t come until the fourth, as would their first run.
With two outs, Carter singled and Dominguez walked to bring up the least likely candidate to bring in a run, Jesus Guzman, but he proved me wrong and drove in that run to tie the game at one.
However, getting a hit was too much work for Guzman, as he exited the game with back spasms during the inning break.
McHugh put in a very strong inning. He went 6.1 innings giving up five hits with just one after the second inning. He added one walk and five strikeouts but left in position for a no decision.
It was a fairly quiet game. The next substantial sound came when Gregorio Petit his his first home run in the eighth inning to yank the Astros on top 2-1.
And the inning didn’t stop there. Altuve rocked a ground-rule double and in his usual fashion, followed with a steal of third before being driven in by a Grossman sac fly.
Chad Qualls put his bad outings behind him and furiously slammed the door in the ninth, notching a win for the ‘Stros.
Unfortunately for Marisnick, his Astros debut didn’t go as planned, as he went 0-3. But the Astros are known for their opportunities, and he’ll have plenty.
Game MVP: Collin McHugh
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