HOUSTON – The Astros’ offense has been hot for some time, but now it’s about to go downright historic.
“I didn’t know that,” manager Dusty Baker said of the record. “It’s a good feeling when you see that ball leaving the stadium. ”
Abraham Toro, getting the first nod on third base after Alex Bregman moved on the injured list, added a third – a two-point explosion in the seventh.
The record may be new to them, but what the Astros do night after night is certainly nothing out of the ordinary. They are 12-4 in their last 16 games and have won seven of their last eight at home.
And they finally won over the A’s, who were on leave on Thursday. So far, each club had a 12-4 record in their previous 16 games.
Many Houston hitters are responsible for the tear, but none have been more consistent than Altuve, who has hit eight homers since June 6, his 10-game record. He’s also had four homers in his last eight at-bat.
“He doesn’t run out of balls, he doesn’t make them appear,” Baker said. “He hits them squarely. It’s amazing to me. I’ve seen guys, some of the best powerful hitters ever, do streaks like this. Keep going and we’ll take whatever he can give us.
“It’s no surprise,” Brantley said. “He’s a phenomenal player. He’s on a roll right now. I hope he will continue. It’s fun to hit behind him, it’s fun to watch him, it’s fun to be his teammate.
Altuve, who already has the fourth-highest number of hits in franchise history (1681), can’t really explain why he’s so locked up, but he also doesn’t deny he’s in an area in this. moment, although it’s hard to say why.
“I think every hitter is a bit like that,” he said. “Sometimes we see the ball and hit it pretty well and sometimes it feels like it’s impossible to hit. I’m trying to swing some good shots right now. I’m not trying to hit a home run, but to get good shots and hit the ball hard. We all do that. We score a lot of points per game. I’m just happy that we win a few games.
The Astros and White Sox have three more games in this current set at Minute Maid Park, and given that they are two of the best teams in baseball, the series, prior to its debut, was billed as force on force. : Houston’s much-vaunted offensive looking down Chicago’s Hermetic Pitch.
But the first confrontation ended completely one-sided. White Sox starter Dylan Cease had left before the end of the fourth, allowing a high of seven points (six won). The Astros continued to build up long after he was done, building their lead just enough to pass the 100-point threshold for the first time on a points differential (+101). This brand is the best of the Majors, the White Sox (+99) being just behind in second position.
The White Sox gave the Astros a costly mistake in the first inning. Yoán Moncada put in an offline throw to Chas McCormick’s ground ball, so instead of a possible double play, the Astros had runners in the first and second row with no outs. Brantley erased the goals with his fourth home run and his first since May 4.
Brantley, normally stoic and unemotional on the pitch, managed to smile as he sidestepped the basics.
“We all know it’s a great series,” Brantley said. “When we started off on the right foot, especially in the first round, against a very good club, it’s important. I was just excited.
“I haven’t hit a home run in a while, I know we all know that. I was just excited at the time, and the guys loved it. And me too.