by Jerry Feitelberg
The Oakland A’s had their hitting shoes on Monday night to start the road show with a win bu beating the young and improved Houston Astros 8-1. The A’s evened their record tp 4-4 for 2015 and were coming off two hard to take extra innings losses to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday and Sunday. The A’s starter, Scott Kazmir, pitched six strong innings allowing just three hits and one run as his record went to 2-0. The Astro’s pitcher, Scott Feldman went five innings giving up 8 hits and seven runs. Feldman is 0-2 to start the year.
The A’s got going right off the bat. Sam Fuld reached on an error leading off the game. Fuld scored on a double off the bat of big Mark Canha. Canha has hit safely in all six games he has started for the A’s. Canha made it to third on an error and scored on a Ben Zobrist double. Ike Davis singled to put the A’s up 3-0
in the top of the first.
The A’s made it 4-0 in the second. Brett Lawrie hit his first home run as an Athletic leading off. Houston made it a 4-1 game when their All-World second baseman, Jose Altuve, put one in the seats to cut the lead to three.
The A’s put the game out of reach in the fifth when they scored four times to make it 8-1. Marcus Semien hits his first home run of the year and Designated hitter Billy Butler hit a three-run dinger to extend the lead. It was Butler’s first as an A and Butler has an eight-game hitting streak to start the year.
There was no more scoring and the A’s win 8-1.
Game notes- Ben Zobrist was 3 for 5 while Mark Canha went 2 for 5, Lawrie, Semien and Butler all hit their first home run as a member of the A’s.
The Line score for Oakland 8 runs, 12 hits and no errors. Houston’s line was 1 run on 5 hits and they committed 2 errors.
Game two of the three-game series continues Tuesday night in Houston at 5:10pm
Kendall Graveman will make his second start for Oakland and he will be opposed by Houston’s Brad Peacock.