In one of the oddest games I've ever seen, Houston defeats Oakland 9-4. Oakland opened up the scoring in the bottom of the 1st with solo homers by Davis and Chapman. In the top of the 3rd, Manaea completely lost control like I've never seen before. Allowing a hit to 4 straight batters, Bregman brought in the first Houston run, then Manaea allowed a 3-run homer to Gurriel, making it 4-2 Houston. Verlander's control was still in flux as well as ge allowed a homer by Davis to tie it at 4. In the top of the 4th inning, Gattis went deep to left, giving Houston a 5-4 lead. In the top of the 5th, after a triple by Maldonado, Springer brought him in on a single, making it 6-4 Houston.The momentum turned completely in favor of Houston after Canha struck out swinging in one of the worst thrown sliders I've ever seen. How do you swing at that?? It was 2 feet off the plate!!! Emilio Pagan was put in and immediately gave up a homer to Maldonado, giving Houston a 7-4 lead. Two batters later, he gave up another homer, this time to Bregman, making it 8-4 Houston. Marwin Gonzalez went deep to give Houston an insurance run at 9-4. Oakland loses by the same score. We completely wet the bed with a chance to claim first place, pretty embarrassing frankly. We better focus up. We have Texas coming in tomorrow. Oakland falls to 74-50.
Tomorrows Pitching Matchup:
Bartolo Colon (RHP, 7-10, 5.19 ERA) vs Mike Fiers (RHP, 8-6, 3.38 ERA)
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