What Chris Carter is doing right now almost justifies the year and a half of underachieving. If this is what he’s truly capable of, then the Houston Astros may be in solid hands for years to come. Carter is hitting .325 with 7 home runs and 17 RBIs in his last 10 games. His night tonight is a big part of those numbers.
It’s also the number one reason why the Astros won so handily in their second game against the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins got the scoring started by posting their first run in the second inning. But the third inning for the Astros was pretty phenomenal, as Jake Marisnick hit his first home run as a member of the Astros. Shortly thereafter, Carter hit his first homer of the night to drive in Jose Altuve and put the Astros up 3-1.
But there was so much more to come.
The fifth inning was even better. An Altuve single drove in two base runners and Carter’s second home run (caught by the same fan oddly enough) drove in two more to give the Astros a comfortable 7-1 lead. Carter now has 15 home runs since the start of July, good for tops in the league.
But they still weren’t done.
In their very next at-bat, Marwin Gonzalez and Altuve both singled in a run to put the Astros in command of a blowout at 9-1. They’d add another in the 8th on a double by Robbie Grossman, and it was safe to say that even the Astros ‘pen couldn’t shave this lead.
Mike Foltynewicz was the only negative of the night. He thew just one inning, giving up three earned runs on two homers.
Colin McHugh finally got his long-awaited, long-deserved win. He went six innings giving up just four hits and a run, coupled with no walks and an uncharacteristically low three strikeouts.
Game MVP: Chris Carter