Before their game Sunday, the Astros were averaging 3.5 runs per game. Today was a different story as they exploded for seven runs but didn’t really need it as starting pitcher J.A. Happ had the best start of the season only allowing one run. All and all this was a great day to be an Astros fan.
The Astros offensively had their best game so far this season even though they were without Chris Johnson, who just got the day off after starting the previous eight games this season. They had five extra base hits, four of them doubles by Michael Bourn, Humberto Quintero, Matt Downs and pitcher J.A. Happ. Even Bill Hall got into it today hitting his first triple of the season and scoring two runs. The Astros also got RBI from five different players with J.A. Happ leading the way with two.
Like most games this season, the Astros jumped out to a lead but J.A. Happ made sure they were not going to give it up this time around. Happ pitched 7 2/3 innings today only allowing one run on four hits, with five strikeouts. He was a little erratic walking four and only throwing first pitch strikes to 16 of the 30 batters he faced.
Even though the Astros did score seven runs they had numerous other opportunities as they were only 5 for 16 with runners in scoring position. But all in all it was a good win for this team as they got the lead and kept it, never really giving the Marlins any chance to get back into this one. The Astros will look to keep the momentum going as they welcome the Cubs to Minute Maid Park for a three game series starting tomorrow.