The Astros bats come alive as McHugh throws another gem.
The Houston Astros swept the Yankees for the first time in team history during the regular season, thanks to @RealtoddKalas for the in game info during the broadcast.
The Yankees were red hot coming into Minute Maid Park and the Astros were looking to slow them down. This set up a perfect game three match-up between newly crowned starter Collin McHugh and Houston’s nemesis for the last 6 starts against them James Paxton.
Aledmys Díaz, and Michael Brantley both had a multi-hit game contributing to three of the Astros eight runs. It was also a great “Jake Day” as Jake Marisnick went a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate collecting an RBI and adding to the Astros run total as well. Marisnick is now one of six Astros players hitting over .300, and although its early in the season, Houston is getting contributions from all players 1-9 as well as the pitching staff. Every hitter recorded at least one hit in the game as Houston’s bats continued to feast on the Yankees bullpen.
The pitching held it together for the most part as Josh James hit a rough patch surrendering four runs in his performance, which didn’t last an inning, some of these runs came in once Hector Rondon took to mound. Regardless, he got the hold and the Astros out of that rough inning. The save went to Ryan Pressly who looked stellar on the mound. Throwing 96-98 MPH as well off-speed pitches, he was untouchable to secure his first save of the season, giving Osuna a rest.
The Astros completed a perfect 6-0 home-stand with a day off today, before flying to take on the 1st place Mariners. The Seattle Mariners are 12-2 with a +41 run differential vs opponents. Houston will look to improve their road record as they seemed to have turned a corner and are trending up.