Astros win rubber game of the three-game set with the A’s; Carlos Correa shines for Houston in 6-1 win

June 29, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

By Jerry Feitelberg

Houston- The Oakland A’s concluded their six-game road trip to Chicago and Houston Thursday as they fell to the Astros 6-1. The A’s won four of the six games and are 8-6 in their last fourteen games. Against the Astros, however, they are 2-10 for the season and have seven games left to play against this very talented team. The Astros, doormats in the AL West a few years ago, have been built into a possible World Series Championship team by Jeff Luhnow.

The Astros started the rebuilding process by signing Jose Altuve. Altuve is just 27 years old and is at the top of his game. The Astros drafted George Springer and Carlos Correia. Correa is one of the best shortstops in the game and Springer is a force in the outfield. He usually plays in right field, but the Astros often move him into centerfield.

The Astros signed former A’s standout, Josh Reddick as a free agent and he had a great series as he tormented his former team in this series. Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, Evan Gattis, Jake Marisnick, and Alex Bregman have all made contributions to this team as they have run ramshackle over the entire American League so far this year.

The A’s, who are now going with younger players as they try to rebuild the team. They gave the Astros a fight as they won the first game of the series, slugged it out in the second, and lost on Thursday afternoon to another former Oakland Athletic, Brad Peacock. Peacock beat his former team twice in the last 10 days, once in Oakland and Once in Houston. Peacock’s line was five innings pitched, two hits, allowed, one run while he struck out seven and was a bit wild as he walked six. The A’s Daniel Gossett didn’t pitch poorly but the Astros 22-year old superstar, Carlos Correa took him deep twice and drove in four runs to send him down to his third loss of the season.

Oakland scored first in the game in the top fo the fourth inning. The A’s loaded the bases with no out and were hoping to get a couple of key hits to get a jump on this very potent Astro team. Brad Peacock, with one out, was able to get Adam Rosales to ground into a fielder’s choice. Ryon Healy scored on the play and Peacock retired the next hitter to escape with very little damage. The Astros scored twice in their half of the inning to take the lead for good. Josh Reddick doubled with one out. Gossett retired the ever-dangerous Altuve for the second out, but Carlos Correa connected on a 3-2 pitch that went over the wall in right-center-field. The Astros are ahead 2-1 after four complete.

Gossett started the sixth inning but couldn’t get anyone out. Josh Reddick led off the frame with a single. Altuve doubled off the wall in right-center-field to drive in Reddick with Houston’s third run of the game. Gossett had to face Correa once again, and Correa won the battle as he hit a monster shot that went way over the 409-footoot mark in centerfield to make it 5-1. Gossett was finished for the day and A’s manager Bob Melvin brought Liam Hendricks in to pitch. The Astros scored another run in the seventh as they won the game 6-1.

Game Notes- The Astros bullpen shut the A’s down the last four innings of the game allowing them no runs and just three hits. Chris Devenski pitched the sixth and seventh, left Reyman Guduan the eighth, and James Hoyt the ninth.

The A’s return home for a six-game homestand against the Atlanta Braves and Chicago White Sox. The Braves are just a couple of games under the .500 mark and appear to be on the upswing. The A’s swept the Chisox in Chicago last week, and they hope to do the same next week when the series starts on Monday.

The A’s will send Sonn Gray to the hill Friday night, and he will be opposed by the Braves’ Mike Foltynawwicz. Gray is 3-3 with an ERA of 4.45.  The right-handed Foltynewicz is 5-5, and his ERA is 4.10. On Saturday, Jharel Cotton goes for Oakland and his opponent will be the 42-year-old veteran knuckleball master, R.A. Dickey. Dickey, who won a Cy Young Award a few years ago, has won six and lost five.

The series finale on Sunday will feature Lefty Sean Manaea, who at 7-4, is the A’s most consistent and reliable starter this season. Julio Teheran, with a record of 6-6, will pitch for Atlanta. After the A’s finish the series with the White Sox, they travel to Seattle for four games with the Mariners then have four days off for the annual All-Star game which will be played in Miami. The A’s first baseman, Yonder Alonso, probably will represent the A’s at the mid-season classic.

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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