Astros: Straw scores to tie it, Fisher homers to win it
By Brian Murray
The Astros’ players called up from Round Rock were key in last night’s 3-2 win. Myles Straw, Derek Fisher, and Jack Mayfield all had a part in the victory.
Derek Fisher did his own George Springer imitation last night as he fills in for him at the leadoff spot in the lineup. He steps to the plate to start the 8th inning and crushes a game-winning home run for the Astros 432 feet to deep left center field.
Prior to that, Josh Reddick hit his own leadoff homer in the 7th inning to open up the scoring for the Astros. Two out’s later, Myles Straw came in to pinch run for Tyler White who drew a walk. Next batter up, Tony Kemp hit a double just over Robbie Grossman‘s glove and Straw used his speed to score the tying run from first.
In the bottom half of the same inning, Jack Mayfield added his share of heroics by the recent call-ups. Marcus Semien comes to the plate with a runner on third and only one out and proceeds to hit a sharp grounder between second and third. Mayfield makes a diving stop to his right, looks down the runner at third and throws Semien out at first to keep the game tied.
In other notes of the game, it was nice to see Brad Peacock continue his recent success on the mound. He was able to keep the Oakland A’s to two runs in his five innings of work. He gave up five hits, three walks, and three strikeouts on the night. The only damage he allowed was a two-run homer to Matt Chapman in the third inning.
Another pleasant sight to see was the dynamic duo of Ryan Pressly and Roberto Osuna back to their dominating ways to close out the game. They both came in and pitched perfect 1-2-3 innings in the eighth and ninth to preserve the win.
Houston and Oakland are at it again tonight. It’ll be Justin Verlander up against the lefty Brett Anderson. Verlander will be looking to reach a milestone tonight, surpassing Cy Young for 21st place among the all-time strikeout leaders.