An incomplete rally.
Astros 6, Tigers 4
Drew Smyly (13 GS, 75.2 IP, 3.57 ERA, 4.13 FIP, 0.9 fWAR) didn’t have it today and his defense was unable to prolong his day which ended after 2.1 innings, eight hits, two walks, and four runs. Thankfully, the bullpen was able to surrender just two runs the rest of the way, giving the bats a chance to rally back. Hunter scored Romine in the third, Avila homered in the 5th, and then Nick scored the Martinezes with his first career triple in the 8th. Unfortunately the rally couldn’t quite overtake the Astros and the Tigers left town having dropped two of three, but also on the heels of a 7-2 trip. They’ll return home for the A’s Monday behind the maestro, Anibal Sanchez (13 GS, 75 IP, 2.64 ERA, 2.66 FIP, 2.1 fWAR)
The Moment: Nick hits a two-run triple in the 8th.
If Castro and Dominguez were league average hitters, then the Astros would be contenders. I’m impressed with them as a team.