Houston Astros Trounce The Los Angeles Angels Again; Win 4-1


The Houston Astros, winners of four straight are starting to look like they did in May going into June before the slight drop off!

We don’t even have George Springer back in the lineup and these guys are working hard out there to eke out wins!

I know, I know, it’s just four games but this is definitely one of those things where one appreciates that at least the team is going in the right direction by seizing the moment and figuring out how to become the victor.

Let’s roll…

This game was all about Chris Carter, who hit two home runs pushing his total to 35 on the season.  His continues to jockey for position for first with Giancarlo Stanton and Nelson Cruz who have 36 a piece.

I also do not want to discount the stellar pitching performance of Collin McHugh, he looked great out there.

Anyway, Carter started the Astros rampage with a dinger and ended with one as well setting the tone for the entire game.

Sep 3, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh (31) pitches during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

And that’s quite an exclamation point to the type of season he has had since the All-Star break.

I do see Carter finishing strong and making his fellow brethren proud of his efforts.

At the bottom of the 2nd, Carter got the party started by solo-homering to left.  He knew it looked good as he started to run the bases!  That ball seemed hang out in the air for awhile before settling right in the middle of the Crawford Boxes.  Astros 1, Angels 0

I knew Carter was going to figure out Jered Weaver‘s timing.

Weaver kept feeding him the cutter and after two balls from that pitch — SMACK — he sent that baby screaming out to left making it appear as if it was the easiest thing to do.

The Los Angeles Angels answered by tying the game at the top of the 3rd when Mike Trout reached on fielding error — or shall I say a bobble? — by Jonathan Villar scoring Efren Navarro and advancing Kole Calhoun to 2nd base.  Astros 1, Angels 1

This is nothing new for Villar, it’s something to expect, so much raw talent but not enough harnessing of it!  That could’ve easily been a double play!

At the bottom of the 4th, Jason Castro made a huge play by singling to right scoring Dexter Fowler who had previously stolen 2nd base when Castro came up to bat!  Astros 2, Angels 1

Castro has been heating up, I hope he has a solid September to make us forget how bad he started.

Up until about the 8th inning, there was no scoring activity and the defense was turned up.

It was a series of strikeouts, pop outs, line outs and even a pick off of Jon Singleton who was trying his earnest to make something happen at 2nd base, his single led to Weaver hitting the showers at the bottom of the 7th.

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Here’s how the Astros sealed the deal.

At the bottom of the 8th, Jose Altuve doubled to left but the beauty was he was able to advance to 3rd base off a balk committed by Fernando Salas when Carter came up to bat.

It took only two of Salas’ flawed recipe of 90 miles-per-hour fastballs for Carter to get his timing down…

He popped his 2nd and last homer of the game to right field off Salas scoring Altuve and ultimately leading the team to the victory!  Final Score:  Astros 4, Angels 1

The Angels attempts to strike back were futile in 9th with a series of ground outs.

The Astros had seven hits on the game and Carter had three of them.

He ended up going 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and the two awesome home runs of his!

Collin McHugh continues to dazzle allowing only four hits, one earned run, not walking a batter and fanning eight in 7.2 innings in work.  He worked quickly and precisely — getting it done with only 96 pitches.

Chad Qualls was thankfully able to hold it together in relief, notching his 17th save of the season.  As long as it’s not the A’s they’re playing, he should be good.  Ha!

The Astros have the today off before heading up to Oakland to face the A’s starting Friday for the last time this season at O.co Coliseum in a three-game set.  Brett Oberholtzer has been tapped to start and he’ll be facing high-ace Jeff Samardzija.

The first pitch is scheduled for 9:05 p.m. CDT.

A two-game series sweep and win over the Halos — go ‘Stros!