What a series! The Astros continue to be pretty pesky . . .
All THREE games decided by ONE run (M’s lost the one that went to extras) and the M’s come away with their THIRD straight series win. Not a question that the M’s bullpen is a bit depleted but, perusing the box scores for the past three days, seems the M’s next opponent, the A’s, may be in a similar boat (and, they have an even longer flight). Should be an interesting battle coming up in Oakland . . .
ON THE MOUND
Brandon’s line not too pretty but, he does seem to be making progress and, he did get the win . . .
He walked a batter in the 1st, gave up a solo shot in the 2nd (his first homer allowed) and retired the side in order in the 3rd. It wasn’t until TWO outs into the 4th that he ran into REAL trouble – giving up a single and TWO more doubles (making it FIVE doubles in THREE starts) and TWO more runs. In the 5th, another lead-off homer but, he got through the inning and “kept ’em in it”, as they say. Seems like his strikeouts have been there every start, needs just a bit more control and a way to cut down on those doubles but, good to see him get through it . . .
FIVE innings ~ SIX hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ THREE strikeouts
} Tom posted TWO hitless/scoreless innings with TWO strikeouts. Dare we say “the Bartender is back”?
} Charlie has been struggling mightily of late, giving up THREE runs on THREE hits in his last TWO appearances (all without recording an out)
} Danny made it a bit interesting in the 8th . . .
giving up one of Charlie’s inherited runners to get the ‘Stros within TWO but, retired the side in order
AND in the 9th . . .
allowing a single and a ground rule double to get the ‘Stros within ONE w/ TWO outs and then he completed his SIX out SAVE with a strikeout ~ well-played Lord Farquhar!
AT THE PLATE
~ Every starting batter except Kyle and Dustin had at least ONE hit (and Ack walked a couple of times, scoring after one and earning an RBI with the other of the bases-loaded variety)
~ Nice top o’ the order as, Michael, Willie, Robbie and Corey combined for SEVEN hits, SIX RBI and FOUR runs (really nice to see Michael finding his groove in the lead-off spot and Willie contributing off the bench, which is what a journeyman should do)
~ And how ’bout John?!? THREE hits, including TWO doubles and an RBI (another vet off the bench doing his job admirably)
~ Nice to see those extra base hits! No homers today but, FOUR doubles and a triple
IN THE FIELD
* Tommy with a “self-preservation” catch of a line drive come-backer at his waist for the thrid out of the 7th
* Buck had a passed ball (but, no one scored, so we’ll give him a pass considering his offensive day)
* No DP’s turned today
tweets of the game . . .