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Los Astros offense “Magnifico” in sweep of the Angels

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MONTERREY, MEXICO - MAY 05: Alex Bregman, #2 of the Houston Astros, celebrates with teammates after scoring a grand slam on the fifth inning of the Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim match as part of the Mexico Series at Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey on May 05, 2019 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. (Photo by Azael Rodriguez/Getty Images)
MONTERREY, MEXICO - MAY 05: Alex Bregman, #2 of the Houston Astros, celebrates with teammates after scoring a grand slam on the fifth inning of the Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim match as part of the Mexico Series at Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey on May 05, 2019 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. (Photo by Azael Rodriguez/Getty Images) /
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The Houston Astros had a successful trip to Monterrey, Mexico taking both games of the two-game series against the Angels for the sweep.

The bats were alive and well as the Astros scored 24 runs on the pitching staff of Los Angeles. In their two-day Hit Parade, they had 17 extra-base hits including eight home runs. Pretty much everyone got in on the act with eight different players knocking in runs and ten crossing the plate.

Alex Bregman certainly had a weekend to remember launching three home runs, the third being a grand slam putting Houston ahead for good in Sunday’s 10-4 victory. Bregman ended up going 5-for-10 with eight RBIs and four runs in the two-game series.

“Bregman has quickly become one of the most clutch hitters in the majors,” Hinch said. “He lives for the pressure that comes with big moments. It’s impressive to watch him flip the pressure, and in this ballpark, he felt comfortable and hit the ball hard.”

Michael Brantley didn’t have too shabby of a trip to Mexico himself. He went 4-for-9 and knocked in six runs and scored three. All four of Brantley’s hits went for extra bases with two homers and two doubles.

George Springer went 3-for-8 with one walk and one HR, scoring four runs and knocking in three. He also added his fourth stolen base in this early stage of the year. Springer seems to be more aggressive on the base paths this season, considering he had nine stolen bases total over the last two 2011/18 combined.

Yuli Gurriel and Carlos Correa accounted for the other home runs of the weekend. The Astros in all went 27-for-76 for a BA of .355 against the Angels and had an astronomical .802 slugging percentage.

The Astros will try to continue the offensive success they’ve been enjoying against the Kansas City Royals in a three-game series at home. That may not be too tall of a request. The Royal’s pitching staff is 26th in Major League Baseball with a 5.01 ERA and have the worst record in the AL at 12-23 and 4-12 on the road.

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