Astros win a thriller in extra innings

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 4 hits from the 11-10 win

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With the shutout win on Saturday night, Houston had the chance to end the first half of the regular season with a series victory against the Angels if they could take the rubber game on Sunday afternoon. Here is a quick recap of the game:

Final Score (10 innings): Astros 11, Angels 10.

Record: 57-33, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Ryan Pressly (2-1, 1.36 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Taylor Cole (0-1, 4.58 ERA).

1) Angels capitalize on Houston's rough start on the mound

Jose Urquidy's second start did not fare any better than his first as things fell apart quickly for him. He had done well in the first two innings, giving up just one hit while striking out four, but let the game get away from him in the top of the third.

The terrible third inning included a run scoring on a wild pitch and a two-run home run as the Angels would tag him for five runs on seven hits while Urquidy could only record one out. His final line: 2.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR.

Chris Devenski was able to clean up the third inning, but he too would struggle when he returned for the fourth inning and gave up a run of his own on a sacrifice fly after putting runners on the corners with no outs to start the inning. Josh James met a similar fate in the fifth inning, giving up a leadoff single that would score on a two-out RBI-triple which gave the Angels a five-run lead at 7-2.

2) Astros roar all the way back

Tony Kemp started the day off strong for Houston's offense, hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the second to put the Astros ahead 2-0 early. They would go quiet for a few innings after that, eventually finding themselves down 7-2 in the fifth inning.

They went to work to chip away at the lead, starting with RBIs from Yordan Alvarez and Tyler White in the bottom of the fifth to trim the deficit to 7-4. After the Angels got one of the runs back in the top of the sixth to make it a four-run lead again, Houston went right back to work in the bottom half of the inning.

They loaded the bases with no outs on a leadoff double by Jose Altuve, walk by Alex Bregman, and a single by Michael Brantley. That brought up the red-hot Yuli Gurriel, who made it five straight games with a home run, his sixth in over that span, this time a game-tying grand slam to make it 8-8.

3) Neither team can win it in nine

Although Collin McHugh allowed a solo homer to Mike Trout in the top of the sixth, he was otherwise excellent in relief, getting through two innings in a game Houston sorely needed someone to provide some extended coverage out of the bullpen. Will Harris took over on the mound in the eighth, but he would watch Mike Trout deposit one of his pitches well over the center field wall on a two-run home run to put the Angels back ahead 10-8.

Houston responded right away in the bottom of the ninth, getting two singles to start the inning before a two-RBI single from Yordan Alvarez tied the game at 10-10. They would follow that up by loading the bases with no outs, but would come out empty handed after a lineout then a fly out for out number two where Jake Marisnick tried tagging home, but would end up in a terrible collision with Jonathan Lucroy as both players ended up traveling to the same side of the baseline. It was initially a run but was overturned after a review, leaving the game tied going to the ninth.

Roberto Osuna was brought in for the top of the ninth and worked around a couple of walks to keep the game tied going to the bottom of the inning. Houston would load the bases with two outs but came away empty to send the game to extra innings.

4) Houston wins it in the tenth


Ryan Pressly took over on the mound in the top of the tenth and was able to get through the heart of the Angels order by working around a two-out single. That set up the walk-off in the bottom of the inning, starting with a leadoff double by Josh Reddick who would score on an RBI by George Springer to win the game and the series.

Up Next: The Astros as an entire team will have a few days off for the All-Star Break. Alex Bregman, however, will be in action tomorrow night in the home run derby at 7 PM on ESPN. He will join George Springer and Michael Brantley as starters in the 2019 MLB All-Star game on Tuesday at 6:30 PM, with Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and Ryan Pressly on the roster as well.

The regular season will resume on Thursday night as the Astros head to Arlington to take on the Rangers at 7 PM. The teams have not yet decided on starters, but the Rangers are expected to send Lance Lynn (11-4, 3.91 ERA) to the mound while the Astros will have a few days to figure out who starts for them.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

Astros get back on track with lopsided win

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 2 hits from the 11-2 win

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With two of their worst pitching performances behind them from Monday and Tuesday nights, the Astros had Gerrit Cole on the mound on Wednesday to try and right the ship. Here is a recap of the third of four games in this series:

Final Score: Astros 11, Angels 2.

Record: 60-37, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Gerrit Cole (10-5, 3.12 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Felix Pena (7-3, 4.92 ERA).

1) Overpowering offense makes it easy for Houston's pitchers

Houston's openers and primary pitchers put up disappointing numbers the offense could not overcome the previous two nights. Houston's bats flipped the script on that, taking control of the game on Tuesday night to make it less stressful for Gerrit Cole and the bullpen.

They started with a three-run first inning, getting a one-out single by Jose Altuve who would score on an RBI-double by Alex Bregman before a two-run homer by Michael Brantley in the next at-bat. They continued scoring in the next two innings, getting a run in each. Jose Altuve notched an RBI-double in the second, then Yuli Gurriel led the third inning off with a double before scoring on a wild pitch later in the inning.

They nearly doubled that 6-0 lead in the top of the fifth, getting four straight two-out hits. It started with a single by Robinson Chirinos to move Michael Brantley, who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning, over to second. Tyler White was next with another RBI in this series, getting a single to score Brantley. Jake Marisnick was next, and he came through with an RBI-double before George Springer would clear the bases with a three-run dinger to make it an 11-0 game.

2) Cole gives fans a breath of fresh air

As mentioned, Astros fans were desperate for an efficient pitching performance after the woes of the last two nights. Gerrit Cole delivered, rebounding from his previous start, which was a drop-off from his usual numbers and having a more typical night.

Cole allowed only a handful of hits and a walk over the first four innings, keeping the Angels off the board until the fifth. They would tag him with his near-daily home run in that inning, a solo shot to make it an 11-1 game, the only run he would allow on the night.

Even with his pitch count in the 90s after six innings, the Astros trusted him to come back out and eat another inning. He did so, getting a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh on three strikeouts, bringing his total on the night to eleven. Cole's final line: 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 1 HR.

Cole's excellent performance meant only two innings of relief needed from Houston' bullpen. Joe Smith provided a scoreless eighth, then Ryan Pressly wrapped things up despite allowing a run in the bottom of the ninth to make it 11-2.

Up Next: The Astros and Angels will conclude this series tomorrow with the finale of the four-game set starting an hour earlier at 8:07 PM. The expected pitching matchup is Wade Miley (7-4, 3.32 ERA) for Houston going up against Matt Harvey (3-4, 6.88 ERA) for Los Angeles.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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