Collin McHugh (Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)

The Astros Can Sweep!

Prepare your brooms, ladies and gentlemen. The Houston Astros have taken the first two games of the series with 6-2 and 5-2 victories. The team goes for the three game sweep in an early match up today against the Seattle Mariners. Jarred Cosart looks to continue the quality starts versus M’s starter Chris Young.

Last night went exceptionally well for the young Astros club en route to a 5-2 victory.

Three homers were hit by Jason Castro, Chris Carter, and Matt Dominguez. Carter finally hit a moonshot, a solo homer, but a round-tripper nonetheless. Matt Dominguez also hit a ball that barely cleared the wall. Most impressive, though, was Jason Castro’s early 2-run opposite field laser.

Collin McHugh took an early lead and ran away with it. In his Astros debut, McHugh exceeded expectations for 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He also pitched to a line that included just three hits and twelve strikeouts. One of those hits was quickly erased when Alex Presley gunned down Corey Hart attempting to stretch a single.

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow sums up McHugh pretty well with this tweet:

Anthony Bass pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief with another quality appearance from the bullpen, lowering his ERA to 2.45. Josh Fields also secured his second save of the season with a perfect ninth inning.

Wednesday’s game will look to see Jarred Cosart continue the Astros’ solid starting pitching. George Springer will be searching for some hits and his first home run, as he has been held hitless in the first two games against Seattle. First pitch is at 12:40 PM (2:40 PM CST). Could the Astros get their first sweep of the year?

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  • Bob Gordon

    Attended the game last night at Safeco. Super-impressed with McHugh’s outing…had kinda expected him to serve up a hit-fest given his ML history and last-minute emergency call-up. Instead he turns in one of the most impressive Astro starts of the season so far. Alongside the few hits and 12 strikeouts, also worth mentioning that McHugh walked zero batters; another huge key to his success.
    Bass and Fields also looked superb in their shutout bullpen appearances. Only crack in the façade was Raul Valdes in the 6th; left-handed relief pitching remains a concern (which I think was expected).

    • Kennon Riley

      Exactly! The lack of walks was probably my favorite aspect of Collin’s effort. Raul Valdes came on in the 7th and walked the first batter then served up a homer. The Astros simply don’t have a quality lefty reliever on their 40-man roster. Perhaps Luis Cruz, but he has fewer than 50 IP at AA and hasn’t seen action in AAA. Probably won’t be on the 25 man until next season at the earliest.