“It sounds good. Say it again,” Dallas Keuchel responded to SportsRadio 610 reporter, Josh Reese’s “Dallas Keuchel, 10 game winner. How does that sound?” The Astros’ starter moved to 10-7 with today’s 8-1 victory over the Oakland A’s, the best team in baseball Oakland A’s. If not for the first pitch of the second inning, the series clincher would have been a complete game shutout. Admittedly, Keuchel did not expect A’s DH, Josh Donaldson to be swinging at the first pitch following a 45 minute inning. He was wrong. Donaldson took the lefty deep for Oakland’s only run of the game.
Fortunately for Keuchel company, Marc Krauss’ hustle down the first baseline prevented an inning ending double play and allowed Enrique Hernandez to score the first of six in the inning. Robbie Grossman rounded out the scoring barrage with a two run homer. Grossman was a late replacement for Chris Carter. Manager Bo Porter assured the media that Carter had an upset stomach, and he had no update from the trainers after medicating accordingly. The timing of the tummy ache adds validity to trade rumors surrounding the slugger with the trade deadline less than 24 hours away. Oddly enough, the most reliable Astro, Jose Altuve made two outs in the inning. Altuve did get in the action with a single in the 6th, extending his hitting streak to 12 games.
Oakland starter Jason Hammel entered today’s match-up with a 7.11 ERA, and all 8 runs he gave up today were earned. Jon Singleton’s two run shot in the fifth ended Hammel’s day. Keuchel, on the other hand, lowered his ERA to 2.97. With his fourth complete game for the season, the lefty holds the AL lead and is tied with Clayton Kershaw for most in 2014.
Keuchel, like Carter, has been rumored in trade talks, so if today was his last appearance in a Houston uniform, it was a great farewell.
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