Dominant pitching, timely hitting, and impressive team play were all on display as the Houston Astros took on the Tampa Bay Rays. Right-hander Luis Garcia was the star of the show as he shut down the best team in Major League Baseball over six dominant innings, limiting the Rays to just two hits and keeping them off the scoreboard.
In total, Garcia threw a season-high 97 pitches, 45 of which were cutters. While he did not get as many strikeouts with his signature pitch as he did in his previous outing against the Toronto Blue Jays, Garcia managed to limit the Rays to just two hits out of the 10 at-bats that ended with his top pitch. And while he was dominant on the mound, the Astros’ offense came alive in the fifth inning, scoring five runs and putting the game out of reach.
One standout in the Astros lineup was second baseman Mauricio Dubón, who extended his hitting streak to an MLB-best 19 games with a double in the fifth inning. But it was a team effort, with Jeremy Peña, Jose Abreu, Corey Julks, Kyle Tucker, and Jake Meyers all contributing with key hits and RBI.
Overall, it was a comprehensive and impressive victory for the Astros, who continue to make their case as one of the top teams in the league. If you want to keep up with all the action, be sure to follow the Houston Astros closely as they look to make a deep playoff run this season.