Three Stooges Punch Astros Win in Mouth

“Next time Hinch calls for you, you stay away from the white part of the plate. – Larry and me has got that part covered!”

 

Bottom Line: It’s a little hard to win from a brilliant 6-inning performance by the starter when the three relievers who come in to protect, hold and save victory pitch more like “The Three Stooges” over the last two innings 0f opportunity. Astros starter Brad Peacock gave up only 1 run over the first 6 frames, striking out 8 and walking 1, before leaving the Astros with a 6-1 lead to defend.

Then came Mo, Larry, and Curly.

Taking over in the bottom of the 7th, Francisco Liriano, Francis Martes, and Tyler Clippard proceeded to cough up 6 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk, capped by a 3-run homer off Clippard in the bottom of the 8th in a way that made his return for the bottom of the 9th totally unnecessary after the Stros took the sheep’s way home, going away mildly in defeat in the top of the 9th.

Liriano and Clippard were/are our Astros shore-up acquisitions at the recently infamous trade deadline. Boy! Weren’t we lucky?

What’s that you were saying about the Dodgers yesterday, Harvey?

Other notes: Jose Altuve returned to the lineup, but went 0 for 5. …. Alex Bregman stayed torrid, going 2 for 5 and raising his BA to .287. …. Jake Marisnick was the only other Astro with multiple hits, including a monster bomb to dead center in the 4th …. and George Springer also picked up his 29th HR of the season with a blow in the 7th that briefly looked like the deciding crunch on an Astros victory. …. It was not to be. …. The good news that lasted? The Red Sox also lost Saturday, keeping the Astros a full 5 games up on the Bostons for home field advantage in the AL Playoffs.

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DAY 2 IN HOUSTON
RAIN. RAIN. RAIN
SOME BAD FLOODING
A FEW TORNADOES

 

Fleming Drive & Maxey Road
East Houston
Sunday Morning
August 27, 2017

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017 

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 78 51 .605  
2 ANGELS 66 64 .508 12.5
3 MARINERS 66 64 .508 12.5
4 RANGERS 64 65 .496 14.0
5 ATHLETICS 57 72 .442 21.0

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017

ANGELS 7 – ASTROS 6.

YANKEES 6MARINERS 3.

ATHLETICS 8 – RANGERS 3.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES OF SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 488 173 35 4 19 .355
NR * CARLOS CORREA HOU 325 104 18 1 20 .320
2 ERIC HOSMER KC 488 156 24 1 21 .320
3 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 395 126 21 3 13 .319
4 JONATHAN SCHOOP BAL 488 150 30 0 28 .307
5 DIDI GREGORIUS NYY 412 126 22 0 19 .306
6 JOSH REDDICK HOU 401 121 26 3 12 .302
7 JEAN SEGURA SEA 418 126 24 1 7 .301
8 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 361 108 23 0 21 .299
9 ELVIS ANDRUS TEX 513 153 34 3 16 .298
10 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 483 143 40 5 18 .296
Other Top 40 Astros
13 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 434 128 25 0 29 .295
20 YULI GURRIEL HOU 446 129 35 1 15 .289
25 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 435 125 31 5 16 .287

NR * LOST TIME ON THE DL HAS TEMPORARILY REMOVED CORREA FROM AN OFFICIAL QUALIFYING PLACE IN THE RANKING OF TOP 40 HITTERS.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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One Response to “Three Stooges Punch Astros Win in Mouth”

  1. Tom Hunter Says:

    Bill: I hope you remain safe in Houston.

    From Tom in Denver (birthplace of the other HARVEY and his friend Elwood P. Dowd.

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