Astros begin Singleton Era with a win

Astros begin Singleton Era with a win
June 3, 2014, 9:45 pm
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Jon Singleton Day was a winning day as the Astros began their three-game series with the Angels with a 7-2 win.


With the Astros leading 3-0 after scoring three runs earlier in the inning, the big punch to provide real separation came from former Cy-Fair star Robbie Grossman. The situation was bases loaded with two outs. Obviously, he could’ve been the third out. Instead, he delivered a clutch two-out single to drive home two more runs for the Astros' 5-0 lead after three innings.


The Angels made Collin McHugh work and got his pitch count up faster than usual. McHugh still threw strikes for the most part, but couldn’t last past the fifth because his pitch count was at 97 through only five innings. McHugh’s final pitching line was five innings, only two hits allowed, four strikeouts, with two walks.


Darin Downs worked a 1-2-3 sixth with a strikeout. Josh Fields worked a shutout seventh inning before giving up a Collin Cowgill home run in the eighth. That run was his first given up in nine appearances since getting the call back up to Houston. Tony Sipp came in and gave up his first run of the year, a solo shot by Josh Hamilton. But Kyle Farnsworth closed out the inning and then Chad Qualls finished the game.


Dexter Fowler had quite the performance in his first game back at the leadoff position. He reached in his first three plate appearances with a hustling infield single, a walk, and then a double. Matt Dominguez did the same with a walk and two singles. Of course, the fans will remember Singleton for homering in his debut in the eighth inning. Then Chris Carter made it a back-to-back run of homers.


Singleton committed his first career error in the third and also had another in the seventh. This game did feature plenty of quality defensive plays by the Astros. With a man on second, Hamilton’s first at-bat in the first featured a ball hit a mile. Fowler climbed up Tal’s Hill and came down with the inning-ending catch. Jonathan Villar made a difficult running throw in the second inning to beat Howie Kendrick to first. McHugh made a nice gem to end his outing when he made a behind-the-back play on Albert Pujols’ comebacker.


Jarred Cosart takes the hill next for the Astros when Houston plays the Angels in the second game of their series. Facing him will be Garrett Richards, who the Astros scored five runs against in a Houston 5-1 victory on May 19.

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