Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – Carlos Correa again proved he is one of the best young players in all of baseball, Thursday afternoon the young shortstop drove in four runs, helping the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 6-1, picking up the series win.
With an out in the first inning, Josh Reddick missed a home run by inches, Athletics right fielder Matt Joyce jumped and used every inch of his 6’2 frame to keep the ball from going into the stands to keep the Astros off the scoreboard early.
After that near miss by Reddick, the offense stalled the first time through the order, facing Athletics starter Daniel Gossett, holding the Astros to the minimum through the first three innings.
Facing the Astros bats a second time around, Gossett would not hold them down any longer.
Reddick inches from a homer earlier in the game would get the team’s first hit with a one-out double in the fourth, he’d come around to score one batter later when Carlos Correa dumped a full-count slider into the Astros bullpen to give them the 2-0 lead.
“Our guys looked like the second time around (against Gossett), we really went up with a plan to haunt some pitches and we didn’t miss them,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “When our guys get pitches to hit, that they are looking for, they can do some damage.”
Damage was the appropriate word from Hinch, in the sixth inning, Correa again put the Astros on the board, this time taking a 1-1 fastball and smashing into the batter’s eye in deep centerfield an estimated 435 feet away, also driving in Jose Altuve who doubled before the blast.
Correa would finish with two home runs, and four RBI’s, his first multi-home run game of the season.
“That ball hit into the bullpen was impressive, I don’t even think I can hit the ball that far as a left-handed hitter,” right fielder Josh Reddick said of Correa’s game. “The hit to center, I know I can’t do that.”
Correa with the two home runs and the four RBI’s now lead all shortstops in the major leagues in those two categories.
Along with Correa’s good game at the plate, Reddick also picked up two hits, and a RBI in the seventh, when a deep flyout plated Alex Bregman, since coming off the DL eight games ago the Astros two-hole hitter is batting .567.
“Man I love watching him hit,” A.J. Hinch said of Reddick. “I think he’s at-bats are really special, especially when he is locked in like this, his swing is good, his decision at what to swing at are good and the results have been fantastic.”
Altuve would also pick up and RBI in the sixth driving in Reddick with a double.
Brad Peacock who started the game for the Astros was a little shaky and while he’d hold the Athletics hitless through three innings, he did allow four walks.
In the top of the fourth inning, he’d load the bases twice, and yet work himself out of the jam only allowing one run to score.
With a pitch count nearing 100, the Astros had Chris Devenski up and warming in the fifth, but Peacock had 1-2-3 inning and was able to qualify for the win.
“I felt good, it was just grind out there for me,” Brad Peacock said of his start. “I wasn’t locating well, but I made some big pitches and had some nice plays from the guys, I came out of it alright.”
With the Astros win, they are now 8-2 in their last 10 games, the hottest team in the A.L. and have a 13 game lead in the A.L. West.