The Houston Astros invited the Chicago White Sox to Minute Maid Park for a three-game bout. Having taken the first two, the hosts look to sweep their visitors out of Houston and move on to the next chapter of this mini-resurgence.
Last night’s game ended as strangely as you might expect from such an unpredictable team. Closer Jose Veras, holding two outs and a runner on second, whipped around and picked off the surprised pinch-runner Jordan Danks at the bag. It was the dramatic end that a thoroughly engaging game called for, and the sometimes melancholic Astros proved that they have plenty of show-stopping talent.
The Astros’ bats made all the difference in the contest. Prior to Saturday’s fixture, the club had hit just one home run in the previous eight games, a figure that led to poor results and unenthusiastic fans. Jason Castro and Chris Carter served up sizable bombs in the fourth inning, rousing fans and carding the vital runs that ensured the win.
The entertainment of last night’s game was well-timed too, as the proceedings were the focus of Fox’s Baseball Night coverage, televised not just for local fans, but for national viewers who may be curious about the young Houston club.
Lucas Harrell put together an exceptional performance, striking out a season-high seven batters and demonstrating true command of the strike zone. When his sinker started to flatten out later in the game, the Chicago batters were relieved and their offense woke up. The Houston coaching staff timed their bullpen rotation without a moment to spare, and nerves were finally settled as Veras and the Astros claimed their third victory in a row.
Father’s Day can belong to the Houston Astros, who may complete the sweep of the White Sox and secure their fourth victory in succession. Regardless of Sunday’s result, Houston is in the midst of a fine stretch of performances, with many components promising good things to come.