Astros shutout the A's with multiple homers
Astros daily report: Astros 6, A's 0
A quick rundown of the second of three games between the Astros and A's from Saturday night:
Final Score: Astros 6, A's 0.
Record: 4-5, fourth in the AL West.
Winning pitcher: Wade Miley (1-1).
Losing pitcher: Aaron Brooks (1-1).
Star of the game: Wade Miley looked better in his second start, and first at home at Minute Maid Park than his first in Tampa Bay. Miley kept the A's off the board over five and two-thirds innings, holding them to just four hits and two walks to go with four strikeouts. Miley kept the defense working, as is his style, but kept the ball in the park and limited the traffic on the bases en route to the win. Honorable Mention: Yuli Gurriel was hot at the plate, going three for four with three doubles and an RBI.
Notes: After a quiet start to the game for both teams offensively, it was Yuli Gurriel who finally got the scoring started in the bottom of the fourth with his signature hit down the third base line all the way into the corner to put Houston up 1-0. George Springer extended the lead to 3-0 in the fifth by crushing a two-run bomb, his third homer of the year. Michael Brantley would match Springer later in the inning, launching a two-run homer of his own, breaking the game open to 5-0. With Miley's pitch count getting high, and the large lead in hand, A.J. Hinch relieved him for Will Harris who would get the last out of the sixth. Robinson Chirinos gave the bullpen one more run of cushion in the bottom of the sixth, getting a solo home run to make it 6-0. Josh James took over in the top of the seventh and worked around a couple of walks to maintain the six-run lead, Chris Devenski pitched a scoreless eighth, then Framber Valdez closed things off in the ninth to wrap up the win and secure the series win.
Up next: The Astros and A's will wrap up the weekend series tomorrow with first pitch at 1:10 PM. Brad Peacock gets the start for Houston and will look to improve to 2-0 and complete the series sweep, while former Astro Mike Fiers will be on the mound for Oakland.