Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – In front of a sellout crowd of 41,678 at Minute Maid Park, the Astros beat the Mariners 3-0 on Opening Day. It is their fifth consecutive win to open the season. Dallas Keuchel earned the victory in an impressive outing.
George Springer leadoff with a home run to set the offensive tone for Houston. It is just the 3rd time in franchise history that a home run has led off Opening Day. Also, it is the first time since 1980.
“It was crazy. Adrenaline was through the roof. I don’t think I really breathed for about three innings afterwards. I was hyped. I was excited,” Springer said.
Carlos Correa also hit a solo home run and drove in Alex Bregman on a sacrifice fly to support the Houston lead. Correa’s homer was estimated at 449 feet. He also made some great defensive plays in support of his starting pitcher.
“I think Correa is maturing in front of our eyes,” Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said.
Dallas Keuchel would later steal the show with seven innings of shutout baseball, complimented with a few of his own gold glove plays. He only allowed two hits and struck out four while earning the win. His only mistakes were two walks and a hit-by-pitch.
“I think he comes into this season with a little chip on his shoulder,” A.J. Hinch said.
The offseason acquisitions made their first appearances as Astros. Josh Reddick singled once in three at bats of his Houston debut. Nori Aoki did the same, however Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran failed to reach base safely.
In the other dugout, trouble came for Mariners Starter Felix Hernandez. While covering first base on a ground ball, he stepped on the bag awkwardly. He would not return after finishing the fifth inning due to a hamstring strain.
The Astros continue their home stand Tuesday night in game two of four against the Mariners. Right hander Lance McCullers will make his 2017 debut. First pitch is 7:10.
Derek Fogel, reporter/host @FogelSaidWhat