"That was arguably our best game that we played all year."
That was the sentiment from manager Bo Porter after his Astros showed they were far from intimidated by Seattle's Felix Hernandez on Monday night in a 7-2 win.
Seattle did commit two errors, each of which led to runs. Only two of the runs allowed by Hernandez were earned. Still, the Astros pounded out nine hits. They scored seven runs in the final box score.
"We swung the bats well," said Matt Dominguez, one of two Astros to hit home runs. "We got a lot of good pitches to hit. We put the barrel on it a good number of times. We had guys in scoring position and we were able to drive them in tonight."
It was the first time Dominguez had ever faced Hernandez, who had a 1.91 ERA and a league-leading 39 strikeouts before the game.
"He's one of the best pitchers in the game," Dominguez said. "He left some balls up tonight. I think we were able to capitalize on them."
Dominguez wasn't the only offensive star for the Astros on Monday. Marc Krauss hit a home run and drove in two runs. Alex Presley had three hits.
"We swung at a lot of pitches we wanted to swing at, as opposed to stuff (Hernandez) wanted us to swing at," Presley said. "We hit the ball hard as a group and you see what happens when we do that."
"I think the guys really accepted the challenge today," Porter said. "Having arguably one of the best pitchers in our league on the mound for those guys tonight, I think our guys really locked into the game plan tonight.
"They got the ball up and really got some good swings on the ball."