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Evan Gattis

Astros beat the suddenly skidding Yankees, top last year’s win total


The Yankees told the Astros to play the game the right way last night. Seems like, given that winning is the point of the game, Houston is doing just fine in that department.

Evan Gattis hit two home runs and starter Collin McHugh pitched solidly into the seventh inning, giving Houston their 71st win of the year. Last year Houston won 70 games all season. Until this year the franchise hadn’t won more than 70 since 2010. That team had Carlos Lee and Roy Oswalt on it. Not ancient history, but man, when was the last time you thought of those guys?

For the Yankees it marks the end of a 10-game home stand which began with them sweeping the Twins in impressive fashion. Since then they’ve dropped three of four to the Indians and two of three to Houston. Just a bad stretch or is a long season and a lot of games without a day off starting to catch up to an older roster?

Bright side: they get the day off tomorrow and begin a series against the hapless Braves on Friday. Time to win some games or else they may be looking at the Blue Jays’ tail lights.


Chris Archer throws one-hit shutout against the Astros

Tampa Bay Rays' Chris Archer delivers against the Houston Astros in the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Rays right-hander Chris Archer dominated the Astros tonight, allowing just one hit in a 1-0 victory at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Archer struck out 11 batters and walked just one in the victory. The only hit was a fifth-inning single by Colby Rasmus. Archer needed only 98 pitches to go the distance, so this qualifies as a “Maddux.” For those not familiar, a “Maddux” is a shutout thrown with fewer than 100 pitches.

The only offense of the night came on a Desmond Jennings RBI single off Collin McHugh in the fourth inning. However, it was enough with Archer dealing.

This was Archer’s third career shutout and his first since 2013. The 26-year-old right-hander owns a 2.77 ERA and 205/42 K/BB ratio in 169 innings across 26 starts this season.

Mike Trout out Tuesday with left wrist injury

Mike Trout

Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 4-for-4 with two homers and five RBI in Sunday’s series finale against the Rangers, but he also suffered a left wrist injury in that game when he tried to make a diving catch and he is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday’s series opener versus the Astros.

Trout will undergo a precautionary MRI, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. For now, the 23-year-old stands as day-to-day.

Daniel Robertson is starting in center field and hitting ninth against Astros righty Collin McHugh.

Trout is on pace for 51 home runs. He is the runaway favorite for American League MVP, but you already knew that.

And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Shelby Miller

Braves 6, Marlins 0: Shelby Miller has a no-hitter broken up with one out to go. Sorry kid. Still, a 94-pitch shutout is nothin’ to sneeze at. It’s something that even has a cool name. And let the record reflect that Miller is 4-1 with a 1.60 ERA in seven starts while Jason Heyward is hitting .252/.310/.382. I’d rather have the Cardinals’ record than the Braves, but so far the Braves are winnin’ that trade.

Orioles 3, Angels 0: Mike Wright’s major league debut: seven and a third innings pitched, four hits no runs and his first big league strikeout came on a swing-and-miss by Mike freakin’ Trout. Not bad!

And since we mentioned a debut, let’s mention a finale. I won’t give anything too major away here in case people haven’t seen it, but I’m OK with how “Mad Men” ended. The big thing to remember: you don’t spend eight years pounding the twin ideas of cynicism and people’s powerlessness to change and then suddenly give your main character enlightenment or transcendence or something. If Don Draper had done anything other than what he did here it would’ve been a nice payoff for fans, yes, but it also wouldn’t have served the show’s central ethos very well. So, I liked it. If you require crazy twists, stunning personal journeys and catharsis, “Mad Men” really wasn’t your kind of show to begin with.

Phillies 6, Diamondbacks 0: Sean O’Sullivan was hit way harder by his own catcher than he was by any Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dbacks managed only five hits off of him. Catcher Cameron Rupp hit O’Sullivan in the throat when he tossed the ball back to him. He was shaken for a second but stayed in the game, delivering one more pitch to complete his six innings of work. The Phillies have won five in a row, you guys.

Royals 6, Yankees 0: The Royals were powered by a battery: Edinson Volquez tossed three-hit ball for seven innings and Salvador Perez homered and drove in two. The third 6-0 game of the day. The seventh shutout in fifteen games overall. Everyone was gettin’ away for getaway day, I guess.

Giants 9, Reds 8: The first half of the line score here is sort of messy, as the Giants had a five-run lead early and squandered all but one run of it in the third. Crooked numbers and disorganization. The last half of the line score is very satisfying for the sort of person who likes symmetry and order, as each team scored one run a piece in the fifth, seventh and eighth, leaving that one-run margin for San Francisco. Brandon Belt homered Nori Aoki drove in three.

Mets 5, Brewers 1: Noah Syndergaard got his first career win, allowing one run over six innings and striking out five. He also beaned Carlos Gomez in the ear flap, scaring the hell out of everyone, but thankfully Gomez is OK. It also led to this bit of good sportsmanship.

Rays 11, Twins 3: The Rays rattled 19 hits off of Twins pitching to avoid the sweep. James Loney had four of those hits and three RBI. Chris Archer allowed only one run in six innings. Also: the way “Mad Men” ended TOTALLY keeps the idea of “Don invents ‘New Coke’ in 1985, ruining his career” speculation in play! McCann-Erickson did that campaign! Don pitched the Max Headroom “Catch the Wave!” commercial, everyone loved it and then it totally fizzled. Or, perhaps, Peggy did that while Don was off on some bender or another journey around the country. Don watches it fail, comes back and pitches “Coca-Cola Classic.” If I were AMC It’d throw a truckload of money at Matt Weiner to do that as a six-episode mini-series 10-15 years from now.

Astros 4, Blue Jays 2: Luis Valbuena and Colby Rasmus homered and Collin McHugh allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings and struck out nine. Mark Buehrle went the distance for Toronto and, though he lost, he served his second-best purpose and kept this game to a crisp two-hour, twenty-two minutes.

Pirates 3, Cubs 0: A.J. Burnett tossed seven shutout innings. Last August the dude said he’d probably retire, but came around to give it another go. Then in January he said he only had one more season left in him. So far, however, he’s 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 43/18 in 52 innings. That’s the sort of thing that can change a man’s career plans.

Rangers 5, Indians 1: Mitch Moreland had a two-run homer and hit another ball off the top of the wall. Carlos Carrasco pitched all eight innings the Rangers batted, making him the second dude on the day to do that after Buehrle. Going the distance in a loss is the new inefficiency.

White Sox 7, Athletics 3: The sweep. The first White Sox sweep in Oakland since 1997. Avisail Garcia hit a two-run homer. Jeff Samardzija allowed three runs over eight.

Mariners 5, Red Sox 0: James Paxton tossed eight shutout innings. Kyle Seager homered, drove in two and scored twice. Everyone has talked about how the Red Sox’ starting pitching stinks, and it has, but the offense is no great shakes either, ranking 11th in the American League in runs per game and 14th in slugging percentage. And yet they’re only three and a half back because the American League East is kind of a hot mess. But some hot messes are fun, so who cares?

Dodgers 1, Rockies 0: Mike Bolsinger and three relievers combined to three-hit the Rockies. Kyle Kendrick limited Colorado to a run and three hits over seven innings, but he walked five and one of those walks put a man in scoring position prior to the RBI single which proved to be the only run in the game.

Nationals 10, Padres 5: Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer, tripled and drove in four on his 3-for-4 day. On the year he leads the National League in games, plate appearances, runs, home runs, walks, slugging percentage and OPS. Clearly overrated.

Cardinals 2, Tigers 1: Ausmus. Matheny. The battle of the Baseball’s Most Handsome Managers concluded with King Handsome Ausmus’ squad taking two of three from Prince Handsome Matheny’s squad. Matheny prevailed here, however, as Kolten Wong hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth and Lance Lynn allowed only one run while pitching into the eighth and hit an RBI to [altogether now] help his own cause. This will not, however, alter the handsomeness standings as it was a non-title match. All bets are off if the Tigers and Cardinals meet in the World Series.

The Astros are on a nine-game winning streak

George Springer; Jose Altuve

Despite allowing two home runs to the red-hot Nelson Cruz, the Astros beat the Mariners again on Saturday night, taking the first three games of a four-game set and extending their winning streak to nine games, their longest winning streak since 2006. They have also won 13 of their last 14 games. They’re now 17-7 with the best record in the American League, and are six games ahead of the second-place Angels, who lost to the Giants on Saturday afternoon, and seven games ahead of the third-place Mariners.

Starter Collin McHugh allowed four home runs over seven innings, but they were all of the solo variety. Meanwhile, the Astros used their own power to swat a total of five home runs against Mariner pitching, including three against starter Taijuan Walker. They powered their way to scoring 11 runs, besting the Mariners by seven runs in the contest.

The Astros entered the game with a +29 run differential, good for second-best in the American League. Now it’s up to +36, still behind the +46 Royals. The Cardinals (+40) are the only other team with a better run differential. While the hot start is a surprise, it’s not totally out of left field. After finishing with 106, 107, and 111 losses between 2011-13, the Astros improved by a whopping 19 games to finish 70-92 last season.