Astros split doubleheader with the Angels as Hurricane Laura makes its way towards Houston
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Doubleheaders are rare in Minute Maid Park. So rare that the one played on Tuesday was just the second in stadium history. On September 2, 2017 the Astros faced the New York Mets in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey which caused major destruction to the city of Houston due to severe flooding in major parts of the city.
In lieu of the inclement weather that is headed towards Houston and the surrounding areas in the form of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Laura, Major League Baseball cancelled the last game of the four game series that was originally scheduled for Wednesday and rescheduled it as a double header when the Astros play the Angels again on their West Coast trip beginning next month.
Houston (17-14) split the two games with Los Angeles (10-22) with the Astros taking the first game 6-3 and the Angels winning the night cap 12-5. The Astros won the series taking two out of the three games played.
The Astros sent a total of 10 batters to the plate against Angels starter Jose Suarez and scored five runs to give Houston an early lead. Josh Reddick and Jack Mayfield each had RBI singles to help increase the Astros lead. That would be enough run support to give rookie pitcher Cristian Javier (3-1) his third win of the season.
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He carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning before surrendering a single to Jason Castro that drove in Shohei Ohtani who had earned a walk earlier in the inning.
“I felt good out there,” said Javier. “I felt my pitches were falling when I needed them to be, and I felt I made good adjustments as the game went along.”
Javier, 23, bounced back from a terrible outing against the Colorado Rockies on last week. In that game he lasted 3 2/3 innings allowing seven hits and three earned runs. Two of those runs came in the form of homers. Tuesday the righthander went 5 2/3 innings of a seven-inning game sending 12 out of the first 13 batters he faced back to the dugout.
“It feels really good to bounce back from an outing like that [Colorado],” Javier said. “To be able to make the adjustments that I needed to make and have some success in this game.”
Unfortunately, the Astros other rookie pitcher wasn’t taking good notes from his horrific outing on Saturday in San Diego and it showed in game 2. After only lasting 1 2/3 innings against the Padres after giving up seven runs, Brandon Bielak’s night ended early again as he pitched 2/3 innings allowing four runs and walking three batters.
“They were sitting on the pitches, and I was nitpicking out there,” Bielak said. “I just wasn’t executing my plan. That’s what happens when I don’t do that.”
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Houston pitchers walked a combined 10 batters and allowed six of those runners to cross home plate. The Angels had a commanding 6-0 lead until the Astros bats came to life in the bottom of the fifth inning. Houston scored four runs to pull within two, but Los Angeles scored six more runs over the final two innings to win the game.
"It was a long day, long night," Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said. "We hit some balls hard, extremely hard, but they were right at them. They got some hard hits, but they got a lot of hits that just found holes, so that second game was just their night."
Houston will have the next two days off as Hurricane Laura is set to touch down in Texas on Wednesday. Depending on the damage left behind has left the upcoming three game series against the Oakland A’s hanging in the balance.