From left to right: Marwin Gonzales, Yuli Gurriel and Evan Gattis, Photo Credit: Houston Chronicle
The Houston Astros won their match against the Oakland Athletics, 12-9, for their 50th victory for this season at the Oakland Coliseum.
The Astros’ 50th victory marked their 10th straight win and made them the fourth fastest team to gain 50 wins this century.
They never trailed throughout the whole game as they took a 10-0 lead by the end of the 2nd inning. With the score at 12-3, the Athletics attempted to make a comeback by riding 6 runs to end the bottom of the eighth.
Unfortunately, Oakland couldn’t capitalize on the momentum. There were 2 strikeouts with no players on any bases when the Athletics slated Jaycob Brugman as their batter at the bottom of the ninth. Astros’ pitcher Chris Devenski threw a sinker to strike out Brugman, putting an exclamation point to their spectacular start for the season. The crowd cheered them on as they complete a four-game sweep against the Athletics.
“We’re pretty even-keeled around here, we don’t talk a lot about getting to 40 wins, getting to 50 wins. We’re going to continue to press forward and try to win as many as we can,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.
The Astros are scheduled to play at Safeco Field against the Seattle Mariners on Friday night, 9:10 P.M, to start their trip to the Pacific Northwest. The Astros’ Jose Musgrove (4-6, 5.09 ERA) has been chosen to pitch on the mound for the Astros. He will go up against Mariners’ Felix Hernandez (2-2, 4.73 ERA) who’s returning from an injured right shoulder.
The Athletics are scheduled to play at Guaranteed Rate Field against the Chicago Red Sox on Friday, 5:10 P.M, to begin their three-game series. Athletics’ Jharel Cotton (4-7, 5.40 ERA) was chosen to pitch for the Athletics while Sox’s Mike Pelfrey (3-5, 3.56 ERA) is set to be the Sox’s starting pitcher.