The Houston Astros lose a home run derby to the Oakland A’s 7-6
The Astros came up short in an apparent home run contest to Oakland 7-6, but there was a bright spot with Carlos Correa hitting his 100th career homer.
In last night’s slugfest between the Astros and the Athletics, each team knocked five home runs. Those ten homers turned out to be a record number hit in the Oakland Coliseum. But it was Matt Chapman‘s second dinger of the night in the bottom of the eighth that was the final blow.
Chapman was one of four players that chalked up two home runs in last night’s game. Teammate Matt Olson hit one in the fourth and sixth innings off of starter Aaron Sanchez. For the Astros, both Michael Brantley and Carlos Correa accounted for four of Houston’s homers with two each, and Alex Bregman hit his 29th on the season for the fifth home run of the night.
Correa hit the 100 home run milestone, becoming the youngest in franchise history to reach that mark. It was an emotional achievement for him. “It hit me,” said Correa, who homered twice for the Astros. “I called my dad and told him, and he was crying. Obviously, it was a lot of work put in to get where we are right now. It was an emotional moment. It’s very special.”
Aaron Sanchez had a night that he’d like to forget, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks. As mentioned, four of those hits went for home runs. This comes after previously having two fine outings for Houston, allowing just one run on three hits in both starts combined.
Now in the midst of a three-game losing streak, the Astros pitching staff could use a shot in the arm. Maybe getting Gerrit Cole back into the rotation and Brad Peacock in the bullpen will be just what the doctor ordered. Cole is expected to miss just one start and Peacock is close to returning after having a scoreless inning in yesterday’s rehab game.