The Houston Astros turned Minute Maid Park into a home run derby on Wednesday, as they struck five home runs in route to a 9-1 victory. While taking the series from the Los Angeles Angels, Jose Urquidy displayed a headline rooted in worry, as he left in the fourth inning with shoulder discomfort. The right-hander hasn’t had any other prognosis other than a posterior shoulder issue and is now day to day.
With this in the backend of everyone’s mind tonight, the offense was carried throughout the order from home runs off the bats of Jose Altuve, Yuli Gurriel, Kyle Tucker, Yordan Alvarez, who left Wednesday’s game after not feeling well, and Chas McCormick. Although not sending a ball to the moon, Carlos Correa is starting to break out of his recent slump, while getting on base all four times tonight with three hits.
As the slug fest continued, Jose Altuve brings free Chick-fil-A to Astros’ fans.
For the second time this week, an Astros’ hitter has clanked the Chick-fil-A coveted foul pole at Minute Maid Park. This glorious tradition has been dearly missed with fans not being in the stadium in 2020, and with it happening twice in the past week, it must feel great for fans that love the fast food restaurant.
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With Correa breaking out of a cold streak earlier this week with a home run off the foul pole, Altuve reached into his inner George Springer and launched a leadoff home run on the first pitch he saw.
Slumps will come and go, and while this lineup is fluid in different set ups, Altuve has been stellar as of late in the void of the leadoff spot. While this home run seemed like all the Astros needed early, the run support wouldn’t stop hurting baseballs.
The American League West remains tight at the top while two months in with the Astros standing at 20-17 behind the Oakland A’s. The Angels have continued to struggle (16-20) with key players still out of the picture.
The Astros are back on the field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. to start a four-game set with the Texas Rangers, as they open the Lone Star Series at home. In front office news, Reggie Jackson is joining Crane Capital as a special adviser to team owner Jim Crane. The returns of Jake Odorizzi, Framber Valdez and Enoli Paredes look to be in line before or during June.