Astros Jump On Bettis

Chad Bettis (2-2, 3.74) had flirted with a perfect game for 6 innings last month, but he didn’t get far Monday night as the Houston Astros jumped on the Colorado Rockies’ right-hander for 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning and held-on for a 6-3 win at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.  On the contrary, the Astros’ Dallas Keuchel (8-2, 2.04) retired the first 15 Rockies that came his way, but Colorado came alive late in the game, leaving Keuchel with the win and a line of 6-2/3 innings, 3 runs, and 4 hits.

George Springer got Houston going early with a leadoff single.  Springer went on to go 3 for 4 with 2 home runs and a fine diving catch of a DJ LeMahieu liner down the right-field line.  Springer is a nice-looking exciting young player; in fact he looks a lot like Carlos Gonzalez is supposed to.  Carlos Correa and Preston Tucker followed Springer with singles, Tucker’s scoring Springer, then after Evan Gattis struck-out, Colby Rasmus blasted a drive into the right-center-field stands to put the Astros out 4-0.

It would go to 5-0 on Springer’s first homer in the 2nd, and Keuchel cruised into the 6th, when he walked Rafael Ynoa on what had to be the only outside pitch home plate umpire Jerry Layne called a ball all night.  Nick Hundley broke-up the no-hitter with a single, and after 2 were out, the second Springer’s grab off LeMahieu, Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado delivered run-scoring singles, and somewhat oddly the Rockies were back in the game.  They would knock Keuchel out in the 7th when Mike McKenry led-off with a walk and Brandon Barnes ended-up scoring on a double by Hundley, but they only got one out of it, and Springer’s second big fly of the night pushed the Houston lead back to three in the bottom of the inning.

Colorado went quietly against Pat Neshek in the 8th, and then with Luke Gregerson on in the 9th pinch-hitter Ben Paulsen led-off with a single.  McKenry flew-out to Springer, then Corey Dickerson, pinch-hitting for Brandon Barnes, reached on an error by Chris Carter, Paulsen to 2nd.  With the tying run at the plate and Gonzalez waiting on the bench, Colorado manager Walt Weiss elected to stick with Ynoa, but the utility man grounded to Gregerson, 1-6-3.  Game over.

The interleague rivals go at it again Tuesday afternoon in a scheduled 1:10 MDT start, but tropical storm Bill is scheduled to make landfall near Houston this morning, and there are fears it may not be safe for fans to travel to Minute Maid.  In any event, Chris Rusin will be on the case for the Rockies, opposing Vincent Velasquez of the Astros.  There’s no TV.

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Taking bets for today’s game: Rockies will have seven hits or more. Rox will strike out at least 10 times. Rox will score at least two runs via hits not including HRs. WW will mismanage the game. Rox will lose tonight to extend losing streak on road vs. AL teams. Chris Rusin will be replaced by Jon Gray after tonight. EdtheUmp will have a change of heart regarding DLR. (Probably the easiest bet to win if you bet NO and… Read more »

konaman
konaman
5 years ago

I wonder if the Monfort’s noticed that a pretty good manager in Bud Black is available, not sure how much high school managing experience he has though?

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  konaman

I like the idea of having a former ML pitcher and pitching “guru” as a Manager in Denver. I like Black’s experience. As noted numerous times in the past, I also like Mike Maddux. I’m WAY over this “making a former player a Manager/Coach” thing, especially without experience. But it seems prevelant across most sports. I have a hard time thinking of a case where it’s really worked out. Have to give the Cubs kudos here. Ryne Sanberg has been… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Here’s an alternate, “out-of-the-box” Managerial thought for everyone (since in the middle of this odd home-and-home Astro series). AJ Hinch -Astros Manager. Longtime journeyman Major League Catcher. 7 years of Front Office experience (4 in ‘Zona, 3 in SD), and 212 games as a Major League Manager before being hired by the Astros. So he’s a sort of hybrid. He “should” be well aware of Front Office politics and procedures (including sabermetrics) while also having at least some high level… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Mike Matheny, former player without experience. So was Mike Sciocsia.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Sciosia definitely managed in the Minors. But Methany definitely blows my theory.

Maybe we should exempt longtime journeyman major league catchers.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Hah! Good one Konaman. I bet if they scour the city for middle school coaching talent we’ll find Walts successor!

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Ag – you ordered up a beat-down at the hands of the Astros, you got it my friend! I have to say that with the Rox in eternal “suck” mode and my beloved A’s in the tank as well, I may adopt the Astros for the rest of this season. RMH – the Cubbies have called up Kyle Schwarber for the next 6 games to do some DHing for them. Check out this slash line – 320/438/579 with 13 HRs… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

How good is Jeff Luhnow? Well, his former employer thinks he’s worth keeping tabs on;

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-legal-implications-of-the-cardinals-alleged-hacking/

Fascinating story. The ‘stros proprietary computer system is getting hacked by the Cardinals. I bet no one has even considered hacking the Rockies.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Actually, it hasn’t generated much press coverage, but it turns out the Cards also did hack into the Rockies confidential emails. Revelations include: “You look up “winner” in the dictionary, you see a little picture of Ty Wigginton.” “Walter Weiss, Walter White — both “just high school teachers?” — I think not” “We surveyed Rockies fans, and “fielding a competitive team” comes in as the fans’ 6th most important factor, after things including “Dinger signed my kid’s cap” and “those… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Nice!

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