Houston Astros Knick The Oakland A’s; Win 4-3


Wow!  Three-in-a-row!  This is something to get excited about!

The Houston Astros have done just that, stringing off three impressive wins against some quality teams in the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland A’s.

They fell behind in the game, their wits were tested and they still found a way to win the game.

Tom Lawless is now 3-0 as the Astros interim manager.  He keeps this up, that interim tag could be removed!  He has been coaching/managing for a long time in the minor leagues so this may be his shot!

This was just another impressive win where the Astros could’ve given up when things got rough but stayed the course and were able to get the win.

Let’s roll!

The first couple of innings involved some solid defense with a series of ground outs, line outs and strikeouts on both sides.

At the top of the 3rd inning, the Astros struck first with Jon Singleton sending a solo homer out to right-center.  Astros 1, A’s 0

At the bottom of the inning, Derek Norris singled to right scoring Alberto Callaspo and Craig GentryJosh Donaldson also advanced to third on the play because of fielding error by Jake Marisnick.  It looked like he had it but the ball seemed to bounce off the top of his glove causing him to bobble it a bit.  A’s 2, Astros 1

August 14, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Astros second baseman

Jose Altuve

(27) scores on a RBI-double by catcher

Carlos Corporan

(22, not pictured) against Oakland Athletics catcher

Stephen Vogt

(21, left) during the 11th inning at O.co Coliseum. The Astros defeated the Athletics 2-1 in 11 innings. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Dunn then singled on a grounder to 2nd base scoring Donaldson and advancing Norris to 2nd base.  A’s 3, Astros 1

At the top of the 4th, the Astros answered back with a Chris Carter single to center scoring Jose Altuve who had stolen 2nd base on the previous play when Dexter Fowler was up to bat and struck out.  A’s 3, Astros 2

The defense started to turn back up again and then Carter had the opportunity to seal another one.

It was the top of the 6th and he was up to bat.  The pitch count was 3-1 and Jeff Samardzija was up to eight pitches on him.  That last pitch appeared as if he threw everything he had and it resulted in Carter sending a dinger out to left-center scoring Altuve and himself.  Final Score:  Astros 4, A’s 3

Samardzija handed him a 97 miles-per-hour, four-seam fastball that looked quite difficult to hit.

Not for Carter though.

That was the end to that and after several attempts by the A’s to strike back, they were fruitless because of the solid pitching done by the staff tonight.

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Speaking of that, Brett Oberholtzer allowed seven hits, three earned runs, two walks and one strikeout in 6.1 innings of work.

Not bad.

Jose Veras and Tony Sipp did an excellent job in closing out the game with both of them combining for six strikeouts.  Veras gets credited with the hold and Sipp gets the save notching their third each on the season.

Carter and Altuve were the offensive keys to the game with them each going 2-for-4.  Carter hit his 36th home run of the season, good for 2nd in the majors along with smacking out three ribbies.

Altuve stole his 51st base, ranking him 3rd in the majors in that category.

What a win!

The Astros do it again tomorrow matinee-style at 3:05 p.m. CDTScott Feldman has been tapped to take the mound and he’ll be battling with veteran ace Scott Kazmir.

Go ‘Stros!