Houston Astros 7th Inning Rally Ends Rockies Celebration

Denver, CO – The Houston Astros took the victory in the first game of a 2-game series against the Rockies in Colorado. In a back and forth battle that came down to the relievers, the Rockies came back from a 3-run deficit with a 5-run 5th inning. Unfortunately for the Rockies, their relief pitching couldn’t hold the lead in the 6th and 7th inning. Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee gave up a combined 4 runs that put the Astros ahead 9-8, which ended up as the final score. This included a 2nd homerun on the night by Yuli Gurriel who ended with 3 hits in 5 at-bats and 4 runs batted in.

Colorado would’ve preferred a better stat-line for starting pitcher, German Marquez, who ended the night giving up 5 runs from 8 hits through 6 complete innings. The stats didn’t exactly reflect the quality of his performance tonight. Marquez said, “There’s not really anything you could do about it. They had some nicely placed hits, found some holes, you just got to move on from there.”

In the 8th inning, an impressive performance by Scott Oberg kept the Rockies in the game and gave the Colorado offense an opportunity to get their offense going once more.

Making his MLB debut for Houston, Jose Urquidy had a serviceable 3 and 2/3 innings where he was able to get through the Rockies lineup twice. He ended with 2 earned runs but did show some lack of control with 2 wild pitches. Perhaps this is due to nerves which is perfectly understandable for a starting pitcher in their first game.

Jose Altuve had what can be called a break out game for this season going four for five and two stolen bases. Altuve, an All-Star caliber player, is recovering from knee surgery but is demonstrating the quality of performance he still has to offer.

The Astros are rapidly gaining a firm hold on the AL West, going up to a 7 ½ game lead over the Texas Rangers, who lost to the Los Angeles Angels tonight.

As far as the Rockies, they are fortunate that the NL Wild Card race has seen so much parity that all the teams in the mix are sitting at a record just over .500. The Rockies have been relatively streaky going into the All-Star break, so it will be interesting to see how they recover in the 2nd half of the season. With 4 players from their starting lineup in the All-Star game, it’s evident that their offense isn’t the main concern. They simply need more consistency and reliability in their bullpen if they want to play in October.

Game 2 of this mini series will start at 6:10 MST on Wednesday. The Rockies will trot out Peter Lambert who is 2-0 on the year with a 6.57 ERA. The Astros will go with Wade Miley who is 6-4 on the year with a 3.39 ERA.

Written by Paul Fritz

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