Houston finishes the day at 17-14

Astros win series against Angels after splitting doubleheader

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Due to Hurricane Laura looming in the Gulf of Mexico, the Astros and Angels expedited their series by having a doubleheader on Tuesday to move through two games in one day, along with postponing Wednesday's game. After winning the opener on Monday, Houston would try to sweep the now three-game series by taking both of the two seven-inning games. Here is a recap of the two games:


Game 1

Final Score (7 innings): Astros 6, Angels 3.

Record: 17-13, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Cristian Javier (3-1, 3.77 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Jose Suarez (0-2, 38.57 ERA).

Astros score five in the first

Houston went hard after Jose Suarez in the bottom of the first inning of Game 1, scoring five runs on five hits and an error, including an RBI-single by Josh Reddick and a two-RBI single by Jack Mayfield. The game remained 5-0 until the bottom of the fourth, when Jose Altuve would walk with one out then scored from first on a long RBI-double by Yuli Gurriel, extending the lead to 6-0.

Javier with an efficient start

After cruising through the first four innings without allowing a hit, the Angels would finally break through against Cristian Javier in the top of the fifth. A leadoff walk would come around to score on an RBI-single by Jason Castro, the first hit of the day for Los Angeles.

They added another that inning on an RBI-double, then led off the top of the sixth with a solo home run to make it a three-run game at 6-3. Still, Javier did his job by pitching most of the seven-inning game. His final line: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5K, 1 HR, 89P.

One down, one to go

Blake Taylor came on to get the final out of the sixth inning for Javier, then with the score 6-3 going to the top of the seventh, Houston would bring out Ryan Pressly for the save situation. He would collect the save, erasing a leadoff single by retiring the next three batters. The win moved the Astros to 17-13 at the halfway point of the 60-game season.


Game 2

Final Score (7 innings): Angels 12, Astros 5.

Record: 17-14, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Felix Peña (2-0, 2.30 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Brandon Bielak (3-2, 5.40 ERA).

Bielak's struggles continue as Angels score four in the first

The Angels flipped the script on the Astros in the first inning of game two. They would put up four runs on Brandon Bielak, whose struggles continued on the mound as he would only record two outs while allowing the four runs (one unearned) on three hits and three walks. That put Houston in a 4-0 hole before they could even get to the plate.

Cy Sneed took over for damage control in the first, and he was able to get the third out of that inning, throw the second, and get one out into the third before the Astros went to their next reliever, Brooks Raley. Raley allowed a solo home run to lead off the fourth, extending Los Angeles' lead to 5-0. They tacked on one more in the fifth, giving Andre Scrubb his first earned run of the year with a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 6-0.

Astros finally crack Teheran in the fifth

Meanwhile, Julio Teheran was blanking Houston's bats. He allowed a single in the bottom of the second but followed that up with a double play to erase the runner. He would complete four innings while facing the minimum amount of batters, maintaining the five-run lead behind him.

The Astros would finally get to him in the bottom of the fifth, getting a leadoff single followed by an RBI-triple by Kyle Tucker, who would later score on a sacrifice fly by Josh Reddick. Abraham Toro followed Reddick with a solo home run to cut the lead in half at 6-3 and chase Teheran out of the game. They continued their two-out rally, getting a walk by Dustin Garneau, who advanced on a wild pitch then scored on an RBI-single by Myles Straw, making it 6-4.

Angels take game two

The Angels answered in the top of the sixth, getting two runs right back on back-to-back RBI-singles to make it a four-run game at 8-4. They added more insurance in the top of the seventh, taking advantage of more struggles by Joe Biagini, putting up a four-run inning to make it 12-4. Despite a solo home run by Dustin Garneau in the bottom of the seventh, Los Angeles would wrap up the game as the Astros and Angels split the doubleheader, with Houston taking the series 2-1.

Up Next: With Wednesday's game postponed, the Astros will have two days off to let Hurricane Laura pass through the southeast Texas area. Their next scheduled game is Friday night at home against the A's. The first pitch is 8:10 PM Central, and as of now, the expected pitching matchup is Franke Montas (2-2, 5.22 ERA) for Oakland and Lance McCullers Jr. (2-2, 5.74 ERA) for Houston.

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