In a game that took six innings to push across a run, the Astros overcame a blown save to notch another series victory with a walk-off hit by Carlos Correa.
It was Saturday night baseball in Houston, Texas. The temperature outside was a perfect 73 degrees, but the roof was closed. Over 40,000 fans packed Minute Maid Park to see the Astros take another victory from the Boston Red Sox, and Correa made sure they didn’t leave disappointed.
It took a while to get the scoring going in this one, even with the Red Sox starter, David Price, leaving the game after just 15 pitches, due to an illness. The Astros got something cooking in the bottom of the 6th with two runners on, and Josh Reddick came through with a hard hit single into right field, scoring Carlos Correa, and it was a 1-0 game, with Yuli Gurriel moving up to third.
The Red Sox would quickly answer in the top half of the next inning, getting two runners on for Andrew Benintendi, who singled to Josh Reddick in right field scoring Michael Chavis to make it a 2-1 ballgame.
Seventh inning stretch time in the juice box and the home team once again got things going, immediately answering with an RBI single from Yuli Gurriel that was deflected off of first baseman Mitch Moreland‘s glove. The Astros were up by two. It was 3-1
Onto the 9th inning, and Roberto Osuna was on for the home ninth, trying to secure a win and clinch another series. Normally lights out, Osuna struggled in this appearance.
The first two men reached, and the third batter was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Christian Vazquez, who singled to left field. The ball ricocheted off the railing down the line, allowing two runs to score, and we were all knotted up at three. Osuna then got out of a bases-loaded jam, to keep the game tied for some 9th inning heroics.
Aledmys Diaz got things rolling in the bottom of the 9th with a lead-off double down the left field line. Alex Bregman and Michael Brantley both saw ball four and were awarded free bases. Carlos Correa stepped up with the bases loaded and nobody out and poked one into right field for an RBI single and the game winner.
Positives: Brad Peacock continued to impress and he’s starting to find his groove as of late. He switched from a stretch pitching delivery to a full windup delivery a few starts ago, and the results are certainly showing. Four hits, one walk, eight strikeouts, and six shutout innings, are what you’ll take from your number four starter every time out.
Negatives: The RISP (Runners in scoring position). The Astros were 4-13 tonight with RISP and left 12 on base. The team is winning right now, so it’s not a glaring issue, but it’s definitely something that needs to be worked on.
The Astros take the 2nd game of the three-game weekend set and move to 35-18. Justin Verlander takes on Eduardo Rodriguez in a 1:10 afternoon game, and they’ll try to sweep the Red Sox at home after being unable to sweep them in Boston just a week ago.