The Houston Astros offense had been rolling over everyone they faced throughout their now seven-game win streak, but the credit for their last two wins belongs to some seriously clutch hitting and equally clutch starts from two guys who needed it the most, Brad Peacock and Brett Oberholtzer. Both starters are fighting for the final spot when the six-man rotation is whittled down to five.
Oberholtzer went 7.0 innings, giving up just one earned run.
He didn’t get a single hit from his offense until the sixth inning, and the run support didn’t show up until the seventh, and it came from some unlikely sources in equally unlikely circumstances.
Both Robbie Grossman and Jonathan Villar, arguably the two Astros that are struggling the most, came through with clutch two out hits.
This game should provide a world of confidence for the bottom half of the order and the rotation alike. In a game where George Springer and Jason Castro were unable to power the lineup, though they hit the ball hard, the Astros got the spark they needed from Grossman, who is fresh up from his second promotion, and Villar, who was carrying an 0-26 streak into that at-bat.
Hopefully tomorrow’s game will prove that both Grossman and Villar have snapped out of their slumps. If the bottom half of the order can start pitching into what the top half has been doing, the sky’s the limit as far as the Astros potential is concerned.