Astros pound A’s 11-8 scoring 9 runs in first three innings as they snap Oakland’s four-game winning streak

June 28, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

by Jerry Feitelberg

Houston-The Houston Astros showed the A’s why they have the best record in baseball as they pounded Oakland pitching for 17 hits and snapped Oakland’s four-game win streak as they downed the A’s 11-8. A’s starter, Jesse Hahn, was hoping to rebound from a very poor outing last week when the Astros pounded him for ten runs in just two innings of work. Hahn did not have it again Wednesday as he went two-plus innings and gave up six runs on nine hits. Josh Smith didn’t fare much better as he was rocked by the Astros for three more in the third. The A’s didn’t quit, but the Astros answered every challenge and their bullpen shut the A’s down in the 8th and 9th innings.

The Astros’ George Springer, leading off the bottom of the first, hit a rocket into the right field seats give Houston an early 1-0 lead. The Astros, who clobbered Hahn last Thursday in Oakland, scored the second run of the inning on a double by Jose Altuve, an infield single by Carlos Correa and Brian McCann singled to drive in Altuve. Hahn was able to escape with no further damage, but he had to throw 30 pitches in the inning. The A’s Khris Davis sent a ball into the stratosphere leading off the second inning to make it a 2-1 game.

The Astros scored two more on three hits and a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second.With one out Nori Aoki singled. He went to third on a booming double to left field. Our old friend, Josh Reddick, hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Aoki. The next hitter, Jose Altuve, singled to drive in Springer with Houston’s fourth run of the contest.

In the third inning, the A’s scored four times to take a 5-4 lead. Singles by Jacob Brugman, Matt Joyce, and Jed Lowrie produced the first run in the inning for Oakland. Khris Davis, who homered his first time at-bat, homered again when he took Paulino deep into the Crawford Boxes. It was his third two-homer game of the season and his 21st  dinger of the year. The Astros, in their half of the inning, had six hits and tallied five runs to regain the lead 9-5. Hahn was lifted after giving up singles to McCann and Beltran. Hahn had a rough outing last week against Houston, and the Astros continued to pound him. Josh Smith came into the game, and he couldn’t hold the Astros down. The Astros sent ten men to the plate in the inning.

The A’s Ryon Healy hit his 19th homer leading off in the fourth, and Matt Olson homered in the sixth to trail by just two runs 9-7. A’s manager Bob Melvin is hoping that his bullpen can keep Houston from scoring and the team will be able to rally. The Astros kept the pressure on the A’s as they score their tenth run of the night in the bottom of the sixth.

Both teams continued to hit the ball in the seventh. Jed Lowrie hit a solo homer to make it  10-8 but the Astros continued to hit the A’s pitching. John Axford, now pitching for Oakland, gave up hits to Yuli Gurriel and George Springer. Josh Reddick had another hit to drive in Gurriel to up Houston’s lead to 11-8 with two out. Michael Brady, now pitching for the A’s struck out Jose Altuve to end the inning.

Houston’s Luke Gregerson retired the A’s 1-2-3 in the eighth The Astros’ closer Ken Giles retired the side to record his 18th save of the year. The Astros snap the A”s four-game win streak by a score of 11-8.

Game Notes- The A’s hit five home runs in the game, but four were solo jobs. The A’s also struck out 17 times. The A’s used five pitchers and Astros manager A.J.Hinch used six. The line score for Houston was 11 runs on 17 hits and no errors. The A’s had 8 runs on 8 hits, and they did not commit a miscue.

George Springer and Josh Reddick were the hitting starts for Houston with three hits apiece.

A’s first baseman, Yonder Alonso, had to leave the game when he fouled a ball off his knee and he dropped to the ground in a tremendous amount of pain. After the game, Bob Melvin said the Alonso suffered a bone contusion but did not know when Alonso would return.

Time of game was three hours and thirty minutes and 34,705 people watched the Astros pound the A’s.

 

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