The Astros win their seventh game in a row

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 11-4 win

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The Astros started this road trip with a bang in an 8-1 win, their sixth in a row. They went for lucky number 7 tonight. Here's a recap of the win and a three key points

Final Score: Astros 11, Tigers 4

Record: 28-15, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Wade Miley (4-2, 3.51 ERA)

Losing pitcher: Ryan Carpenter (0-2, 13.00 ERA)


1. The Astros Offense Got to Work Early... and Never Stopped

The Astros bats have been in a tear since the Royals series early last week. After putting up eight runs yesterday, the offense got to work early after a three run HR in from Correa to dead centerfield. Brantley scored two and Bregman scored on a throwing error in the second. Aledmys Diaz hit a solo shot on back to back nights in the third. Gurriel scored Correa with a single in the fourth. George Springer hit the first inside the park HR of his career in the fifth. Diaz scored Brantley with an RBI single in the sixth. It was not until the seventh that the offense failed to score a run. Diaz, again, got himself an RBI with a sacrifice fly to score Tony Kemp. The Tigers did not get a 1-2-3 inning until the ninth.


2. George Springer: The Living Highlight Reel

Whether it's with the bat or on the field, Springer is finding himself in the daily highlight reels. Last night, he made two defensive plays. Tonight, an inside the park home run, the first for the Astros since Lance Berkman in 2002. He is making an impact every game, one way or another.


3. McHugh Tries to Find his Role in the Bullpen

Collin McHugh lost his position in the rotation late last week. He made his first appearance out of the pen on Sunday. McHugh got two quick outs in the seventh before striking out Brandon Dixon to end the inning. McHugh was nasty retiring Castellanos, Hicks and Rodriguez via the strike out in the eight to end his outing with four strike outs in a row. It was a positive outing for a guy who needed one.


Up Next: Another 6:10 PM start time tomorrow night for the third game of the series . Justin Verlander (6-1, 2.51 ERA) returns to his old stomping grounds for the series finale. The Tigers have not announced who will start tomorrow's game.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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MLB and the MLBPA are embroiled in yet another labor dispute. The owners and players have both dug in their heels and refuse to budge. No end is in site for the lockout as Spring Training is drawing more and more near each passing day. So what does that mean for our 2022 Astros' season?

One sigh of relief came when Justin Verlander signed his new deal. Two years for $50 million dollars isn't bad at all. Factor in he's closer to my age than my son (coming off Tommy John surgery), and some may worry. Not me. He's the closest thing to Tom Brady MLB has seen since Nolan Ryan. Jim Crane and James Click did a great job bringing him back. His spot as the ace with the rest of the staff they have should help shore up the bullpen if one or two starters can make that transition. I know I said I didn't want him back a few months ago, but time has passed, and wounds have been healed.

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At 24 years old, turning 25 in September, he'll be under team control for the foreseeable future. That truly depends on the new labor agreement. So does Correa's new contract. His contract will be largely based on the parameters set in the new labor agreement, since he didn't sign before the lockout took place. And now we know that contact will be negotiated by Correa's new agent, Scott Boras.

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