…you never know what you’re going to get! Last night we got an absolute treat. It was a raspberry filled dark chocolate dream kind of night. Henry Sosa threw his first major league win. The bullpen did it’s job. Jordan Schafer proved he was a good acquisition in a trade everyone thinks was bad. You can’t stop watching the Astros this season because just when you think they’ll never win again, they give us a gem of a game.
In a game where going 1-12 with runners in scoring position was a enough to win the Astros proved to be the victor, 3-1 over the reigning World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. Henry Sosa showed us the stuff that made him a rockstar at AA and he did it against his former club. That had to feel good. He held the Giants to only 1 run and did it on only 3 days worth of rest.
Sosa was quick and managed to keep the Giants bats swinging without much in the way of results. Meanwhile, the Astros found that the new guy, Jordan Schafer, finally hit his groove. After coming to Houston while still on the DL, Schafer just came into the lineup in recent days. Last night he proved he can hang with the best of them as he went 2-4 with a walk and 3 runs including his first home run as an Astro. Well done, Jordan.
Also of note last night, 4, yes FOUR stolen bases. Bogusevic stole two and Altuve and Schafer each notched one. It’s not three grand slams in one game, but it’s a lot of base steals for Houston. And on a night when pitching on both sides was simiply outstanding, it took every little offensive advantage you could get to win this ballgame.
So, hats off to Henry Sosa this morning and to Jordan Schafer as well. Excellent pitching and some well timed and well hit balls landed Houston on top. It will be interesting to see what happens tonight when JA Happ gets back on the mound for Houston. I have my doubts that it’s where he should be, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and see what he does. You won’t catch me waiting for a miracle.
Terri Schlather (AGirlintheSouth) is the Senior Houston Astros Writer for Aerys Sports. You can read her Astros blog at www.talesfromthejuicebox.com, email her at email@example.com, or follow her on twitter @agirlinthesouth.