The Houston Astros hit the road for the first time in June to a nine-game road trip that started in Buffalo against the Toronto Blue Jays. The first time these two teams met, the offense was the main focal point as both teams seemed to pile on the runs, and to much surprise, the offense was in the spotlight again.
Houston Astros Win Two of Three
Houston Astros Game One: Astros Offense Erupts
The Houston Astros sent Zack Greinke to the mound in game one on Friday night against the Blue Jays. With the bullpen in such disarray, the Astros needed Greinke to get them at least seven good innings to help take some of the pressure off the bullpen. Greinke was able to go seven innings and then some. To much surprise, Greinke finished the complete game as the Astros offense put on a hitting clinic at Sahlen Field in Buffalo. Greinke’s final line score would be 9.0 innings, six hits, one earned run, one walk, and three strikeouts.
Through the first three innings, pitching seemed to have the upper hand. The Astros would get a run on a Yordan Alvarez RBI double in the top of the fourth. In the top of the fifth, Carlos Correa hit a solo home run, and a Jose Altuve RBI sac fly put the Astros up by three runs. Martin Maldonado hit his first grand slam in the top of the sixth inning since 2012, and the Astros were up 7-0.
More offense would ensue in the later innings as Correa would hit his second home run of the game, Aledmys Diaz would homer as well, and the Astros would win the game one with a final score of 13-1.
Houston Astros Game Two: Blue Jays Use Long Ball
The Astros would send Jose Urquidy to face the Blue Jays in game two of the series. Similar to game one, pitching was in control through the first three innings. The Blue Jays would get to Urquidy in the fourth inning on a Lourdes Gurriel Jr. RBI single and a Joe Panik three-run home run, and then again in the fifth inning on a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. two-run home run. That would be all for Urquidy as he went 4.1 innings, giving up nine hits, six earned runs, and five strikeouts. Blue Jays would go on to win game two with a final score of 6-2.
Houston Astros Game Three: An All-Star in the Making
The Astros sent rookie Luis Garcia to the mound in the rubber match against the Blue Jays. Garcia has started to create an All-Star Game buzz around him after putting up another solid outing on Sunday. With Lance McCullers Jr. out due to arm soreness, Garcia has been the guy the Astros have come to rely on every fifth day. Garcia was able to secure his fifth straight win on Sunday, as he went six innings, giving up only one run on three hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts.
The Astros got on the board early as Altuve had another leadoff home run which quickly gave the Astros the lead. In the top of the second, Chas McCormick extended the lead for the Astros on a solo home run. The Blue Jays managed to get a run back in the bottom of the second on a Gurriel Jr. RBI sac fly.
The Astros would get two more runs in the top of the third inning on a Kyle Tucker single. The Astros would score in the top of the seventh on a fielding error from the Blue Jays, which would allow a run to score. In the top of the eighth inning, the Astros would gain another run on an RBI single from Yuli Gurriel.
The Blue Jays would try to cut into the Astros lead as they were able to score a couple of runs in the bottom of the eighth, but it would not be enough as closer Ryan Pressly would come in in the bottom of the ninth to close out the game and earn his ninth save of the year as the Astros would go on to win 6-3.
Astros Injury News
The Astros got word on Sunday that utility man Aledmys Diaz would be out 6-8 weeks with a broken hand. Diaz was hit in the top of the fourth inning on Saturday by Blue Jays starting pitcher Ross Stripling. Diaz was having a good season at the plate, batting .278 with three home runs and eighteen RBIs.
Lance McCullers Jr. is preparing to make a return to the rotation soon. McCullers Jr. had been placed on the 10-day IL with right shoulder soreness. McCullers Jr. will start his rehab assignments soon. Michael Brantley and Jason Castro should be returning to the lineup soon. Brantley is scheduled to be in the lineup when the Astros start a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox, starting on Tuesday.
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