The sun shined on the Houston Astros this weekend, and they leave California with a 4-2 record over two series.
The weekend showdown with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was close all the way, but Houston was able to do something they’ve struggled to do all season – win tight games.
Matt Dominguez has surely been the hero of recent times. His defensive work at third base is unquestionably on par with the best in the majors. He seems to field any ball that comes his way, and his arm is not only fiercely strong, but reliably accurate. Now his bat has started to heat up again, and with big home runs coming at crucial times like they did against the Angels, he will certainly make his case for All-Star status as his career progresses.
The Astros sealed Sunday’s game with a double-play in a nervy situation, with runners on first and second and a two-run lead. Plays like this are the hallmark of championship clubs, and instead of letting leads slip away, lately they’ve been shutting the door.
Los Angeles have a couple of notable situations coming out of their loss to the Astros. Josh Hamilton had three hits on Sunday and has homered two days in a row. His bat coming into form will be crucial if things pan out negatively for Mike Trout, who left Sunday’s game with hamstring tightness.
Houston travels to Arlington now to face the Texas Rangers, a team that they beat on opening day, but haven’t had much luck against since. The confidence of the young Astros is obvious, as their demeanor and camaraderie evolve into that of a powerful ball club.