Jose Altuve came to the plate with bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 9th Sunday afternoon against one of the leagues most elite closer, Blake Treinen. With the game tied at 8, Altuve drew a four pitch walk to propel the Astros to a 9-8 victory, securing a three game sweep of the A's.
Tony Kemp and Aledmys Diaz both had big home runs and two hits in the game to help the Astros get the victory. Alex Bregman and Altuve each went 3-4 with an RBI as Michael Brantley was 2-4 with an RBI. As a team, Houston banged out 14 hits.
For the most part, the offense returned to form this series with the team scoring 17 runs on 34 hits. However, the team is still leaving runnings in scoring position. The Astros left 30 runners on base in three games against Oakland and hit .250 with runners in scoring position. Bregman tore it up going 7-11 and hitting successfully in 11 of his last 20 at-bats. Bregman came into the series hitting.208 and is now at .343.
Looking ahead: The New York Yankees are in town for a three game series with game one this evening. Justin Verlander is on the hill, looking to bounce back after a rough outing last week against the Rangers. He gave up four runs in four innings and received the loss. The Astros will face Masahiro Tanaka. The 10 Astros that have faced Tanaka have a combined career average against the right hander of .349.
Game two: Gerrit Cole vs Jonathan Loaisiga. Cole is looking for his first win of the season. He has 19 Ks through 12.0 IP and a 3.00 ERA to begin the 2019 season.
Game three: Collin McHugh vs James Paxton. McHugh has thrown two quality starts this season while the Astros have struggled against Paxton. He was 4-0 against Houston last season.
First pitch tonight will be at 6:10pm. Listen to every inning on 790AM.