Houston Astros Break Out the Big Bats
This was a hit parade for the Astros throughout the entire game. The Astros scored at least one run in every inning except for the fifth and seventh, and were due for this type of game after the way the season started. They have been shut out in three of their first eight games, and hopefully this will jump-start the offense.
I have been a big backer of Chris Carter since the Astros traded for him. He started the year off in a terrible slump, and I have been saying he will break out of it. Well, in the last game of the Astros and the Oakland Athletics series, he began to break out of it.
Since then, he is on a three game hitting streak, and looks like he is seeing the ball very well right now. Last night, he had four hits, including two home runs.
The Astros ended this game with 22 hits, including five home runs, and won this game 16-9.
Other than Eric Bedard, who threw four innings due to a soft pitch limit, the pitching was atrocious. In fact, if it weren’t for the offensive explosion, it’s likely that the team would have been saddled with another loss. That said, if there is a game for the bullpen to give up nine runs, this was the game.
On Wednesday, in the rubber match of this series, it will be Brad Peacock and Blake Beavan taking the mound for their respective teams. The Mariners haven’t seen Peacock, and the Astros haven’t seen Beavan. If the Astros can be aggressive early in the count like on Tuesday, they will likely walk away with their first series win of the year.