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2017 Astros: Artists of the Miracle Rally

July 2, 2017

If Vincent Van Gogh had been watching the bottom of the 8th in the Astros Game 2, 7-6, rally win over the Yankees on 7/01/17, here’s what he might have painted in celebration of that starry night.


Indeed, the 2017 Houston Astros are the Michelangelo of the Miracle Rally in major league baseball, but maybe we should allow some credit also to Vincent Van Gogh for the “Starry, Starry Night” level quality that showed up in the bottom of the 8th of Game 2’s 4-run rally and 7-6 victory margin over the Yankees on Saturday. If you are a Houston fan, it was just that star-splendidly beautiful – with daubs of color and light spread all over the place from that winning double down the left field line by Yuli Gurriel off ace NY reliever Aroldis Chapman. That skimming sideboard bumper and bouncer off the far left field corner wall drove home the tying and eventual winning runs at a time in which a missed pitch by Gurriel would have put the home boys back on the field – still a run back – with no guarantee they could hold on, prevent further Yankee scoring in the top of the 9th, and then reignite things again in their last chance time at bat shot by finding those tying and winning runs in a second wonder rally.

No need for “what-if” wondering here about last night. The Astro Artists got it done in the 8th. And that proved enough.

On a less confident level, it will be interesting to see if our current Astros pitching staff can actually improve with rest. If not, some arms need to show up that can help keep all this great hitting ability and terrific baseball savvy together for victory in all those short series hills that have to be climbed at the end of the year.


Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle