Huston We Have A Problem

Updated: June 21, 2016

It was a warm Tuesday afternoon in Houston, Texas when the lefty Hector Santiago toed the rubber against the nineteen game winner for The Astros last year in Colin McHugh. McHugh struggled immediately out of the gate against this Angels team. Yunel Escobar lead it off with an infield single off of McHugh. Warning: Huston Street blown save incoming tonight.

The second batter of the game would warrant a challenge when the home plate umpire botched a call saying that Kole Calhoun was not hit by a pitch. The headsets were rolled out and the call was overturned saying the ball hit Kole’s shin and he was awarded first base. Mike Trout would than knock a single off the left field wall scoring Escobar and advancing Calhoun to third. 1-0 Halos. Trout would steal second putting two in scoring position but McHugh would escape without further damage thanks to some crafty pitching. He would proceed to strike out Daniel Nava and CJ Cron while getting the birthday boy Jefry Marte to groundout to end the inning.

Hector Santiago, looking to build on success from his last start against the Twins would retire George Springer, Marwin Gonzalez, and the Angel killer Jose Altuve in order. McHugh would settle very quickly in the second inning, striking out Johnny Giavotella and the former Houston farmhand, Carlos Perez. Santiago would show some grit in the bottom of the second striking out the former all-star Carlos Gomez and the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year, Carlos Correa which led to him retiring the side in order.

Both sides would go down quietly in the third highlighted by a fantastic play by the right fielder Calhoun who threw out the Astro Luis Valbuena going for second base. That would be the Astros first hit of the game. Santiago would end the inning with his fifteenth career pickoff catching Jake Marisnick running to second.

Leading off the fourth inning was an absolute bomb of a home run off of the bat of the big fella, CJ Cron(Projected 467 feet). 2-0 Halos. McHugh would retire the next three to end the inning. All would remain quiet until Carlos Corrrea hit a mammoth home run off the signature train tracks in Minute Maid Park in the bottom of the fifth to get the Astros on the board for the first time today. 2-1 Halos. Leading off the sixth inning, Mike Trout showed off his majestic speed by legging out a triple off of McHugh. McHugh would buckle down and get out of the inning with no damage.

The Angels struggle with men in scoring position would continue. Hector Santiago would set down the side in order in the bottom of the sixth. The Angels still leading 2-0. We’ve got a pitchers duel through six innings!

Marwin Gonzalez (Astros First Baseman)would lead off the bottom of the seventh inning with a double, the first extra base hit off of Hector Santiago. Santiago would then earn an impressive strike out against the perennial MVP candidate in the Astros second baseman, Jose Altuve. In a bit of a surprise move by the Angels skipper Mike Scioscia, Santiago would be lifted with only eighty pitches through six and one third of an inning.

The righty Cam Bedrosian would be brought in to face the young superstar Carlos Correa who would proceed to hit a long flyout to right field. Bedrosian would next walk Carlos Gomez on four pitches. Cam would then turn it up to eleven and strike out the pinch hitter Colby Rasmus(brother of Angels pitcher Cory Rasmus). The Astros turned to the flame thrower Ken Giles whom they paid an arm and a leg for during the offseason. Giles has struggled so far but he pitched beautifully retiring the top of the Angels lineup in order. The Halos rebuttaled with relieving ace Fernando Salas. Number fifty-nine would come in and walk the first batter he faces in El Oso Blanco(Evan Gattis)

The former high school janitor would be pinch ran for by the young speedster Tony Kemp. Fernando looked rattled but the gritty veteran stayed composed and induced one of the best double plays all year by any team in Majors! The groundball off the bat of Marisnick to Johnny G who gloved flipped it to the greatest defender in the game Andrelton Simmons! Simmons would proceed to bare hand it and throw a laser to first base! In the words of longtime Angel announcer Dick Enberg, “Oh my!”.

The Astros closer Luke Gregerson would come into the game in the top of the ninth inning and proceed to retire the side in order. Mike Scioscia and the Angels would turn to Huston Street(Down on the corner, out on the Street) Street to close out this game for the Halos. Huston Street, who had seven saves coming into this game had missed quite a bit of time this season due to an oblique injury but looked like the bona fide closer we all know and love. George Springer would work a walk to lead it off with a very questionable ball four call by home plate umpire Gary Segerstrom. George Springer would proceed to steal second base and put himself in scoring position for Marwin Gonzalez. Segerstrom was not feeling the lower strike this inning as he missed several calls that should have been strikes according to Angels broadcasters.

After a long at bat, Street walked Gonzalez, runners on first and second for Altuve, who struck out swinging his previous at bat. Altuve crushed a ground ball that the third baseman Escobar knocked down but could not get an out. Huston Street was in some deep water with bases juiced and no one out for Carlos Correa. Inconsistent strike calls by the home plate umpire were a theme in this half inning which hurt the Angels almost every time. Carlos Correa crushed a walkoff double to right center which scored two. 3-2 Astros. The Astros first lead of the game could not have came at a worse time.

Tomorrow the series continues with an 11:10 start with the surging Matt Shoemaker slated to go against Lance McCullers of the Astros. Albert Pujols who got the day off today is expected to play tomorrow.

W-Luke Gregerson

L-Huston Street



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