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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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