The Houston Astros have started the 2023 season with a triumphant win against the White Sox. However, it was their exceptional defense in the seventh inning that saved the game for them. And it was Kyle Tucker who made an unbelievable running catch against the wall to get the second out, followed by his incredible swat of a 437-foot moonshot over the center-field fence to bring the Astros closer to a 3-2 score.
Before the sixth inning, there wasn’t much happening for the Astros except for Cristian Javier’s solid performance in his first start of the year. The righty went five innings, giving up eight hits and three earned runs while walking one and striking out six batters. The bullpen came to help this time and did an excellent job, with Phil Maton, Seth Martínez, Bryan Abreu, and Rafael Montero only allowing three hits and striking out five batters.
However, the Astros wouldn’t have secured their first win of the season against the White Sox without the outstanding display of resilience and agility by Alex Bregman at third base. He made a fantastic barehand play against Tim Anderson’s slow grounder to get him out, effectively sealing the fate of the game.
Looking ahead, the Astros will meet the White Sox once again on Saturday, with José Urquidy making his first start of the year. It will be interesting to see how the Astros perform again with their newfound confidence and impressive defense.
Overall, the Astros’ defense was the true MVP of the game, ensuring their hard-fought victory. The 2023 season has only just begun, but with the Astros’ powerful offense and solid defense, it’s shaping up to be an exciting one to watch.