The Houston Astros defeated the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night, 6-2. It’s the Astros’ 31st win of the season and their second victory of the four-game series they have against the Tigers.
Houston currently sits atop the American League west with their 31-15 record, (and the entire MLB for that matter) and they currently lead their division by seven games.
My pick for player of the game was an unlikely one, catcher Juan Centeno.
Centeno’s Incredible Night
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Centeno made his Astros debut tonight after the team placed catcher Brian McCann on the seven day disabled list. He went 2-for-3 from the plate, hitting a solo home run and a single.
The Tigers gave him an intentional walk in the 7th inning in an effort to put an end to his hot night; however, Centeno had other thoughts. He continued his dominant performance by scoring a run via a throwing error later that inning.
Centeno also made a clutch defensive play on a bunt attempt, also in the 7th inning. He made the inning-ending play to preserve what was then a one-run lead for the Astros.
"I was looking for a good pitch to hit … I was looking for a fastball to do damage, and I got it."
McCullers Solid Again
Lance McCullers Jr. continues to impress with his performance on the pitcher’s mound. He was awarded the win tonight, moving his overall season record to 5-1. His high pitch-count forced him to unfortunately to take a seat early.
McCullers went five innings and allowed zero runs and only one hit and lowered his season earned run average to a fantastic 2.43.
With ace pitcher Dallas Keuchel on the 10-day disabled list it was important for McCullers to flex his muscles and prove he could be the ace while Keuchel’s pinched nerve heals.
As great as the first two wins of this series have felt, the Astros cannot relax now. They’ll have two more games against the Tigers on Wednesday and Thursday night. A nice, four-game sweep of their American League foes would be a great bounce-back after being swept themselves by the Cleveland Indians.