Astros wrecks the Rangers to open series



By chandler roma, Houston Chronicle

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  • ARLINGTON, TEXAS - APRIL 19: Jose Altuve # 27 of the Houston Astros celebrates a two-run homer with Alex Bregman # 2 of the Houston Astros in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 19 of 2019 Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images) Photo: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images

    ARLINGTON, TEXAS – APRIL 19: Jose Altuve # 27 of the Houston Astros celebrates a two-run homer with Alex Bregman # 2 of the Houston Astros in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 19 of 2019 Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

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    ARLINGTON, TEXAS – APRIL 19: Jose Altuve # 27 of the Houston Astros celebrates a two-run homer with Alex Bregman # 2 of the Houston Astros in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in

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    Photo: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images

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Photo: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – APRIL 19: Jose Altuve # 27 of the Houston Astros celebrates a two-run homer with Alex Bregman # 2 of the Houston Astros in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 19 of 2019 Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – APRIL 19: Jose Altuve # 27 of the Houston Astros celebrates a two-run homer with Alex Bregman # 2 of the Houston Astros in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in

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Photo: Ronald Martinez / Getty Images

Astros wrecks the Rangers to open series


ARLINGTON – At the apex of an Astros ambush, George Springer slipped to second base and shrugged. The baseball he threw bounced over the fence in right field and fell to the field.

Springer searched for a home run but was rewarded with just one double. The video verified the affliction of the gardener, pretending that the baseball was touching the wall. A repeat review only gave Springer a double.

The first game sighed and stayed at second base, happy with his last contribution in the crushing night of the lineup. Houston hit the Rangers so severely that Springer's situation captured their only consternation.


After Wednesday's frustrating four-game loss that broke a 10-game winning streak, the Astros dumped on four Texas pitchers to start a new one, defeating the Rangers 7-2 at Globe Life Park.


Seven of Houston's 11 hits earned extra bases. Springer & # 39; s was the fourth double of a fifth inning of three races that transformed the game into a farce.

Each of the six best batters in the Astros batting order accumulated at least one extra base hit. Springer hit two. The lineup had a base runner in seven of the nine innings they played, placing their starting pitcher in a pristine environment.

Before ace Justin Verlander played the rubber, his team accumulated a three-run lead. Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman hit consecutive homers in the first inning, which left the left-handed Rangers Drew Smyly twisted in an abbreviated evening.

Smyly did not hinder anyone to start. The first five balls in play of the Astros possessed speeds of exit of more than 101 mph. Twelve balls in total were hit harder than 100 mph by the Astros.

Smyly struck out eight in 3 innings, but absorbed a recount of increased shots and did not take advantage of their consistency until after a maceration.

Houston entered the game refusing to pursue the erratic curve of Smyly. He left the pitcher with three pitches with essentially a fast four-seam ball to navigate the order. Against this, the Astros averaged an exit speed of 100.8 mph. Smyly's cutter did not fare much better.

Springer sent a double shout to the corner of left field in front of the fifth pitch of Smyly's game. Altuve went ahead in the 3-1 count, watching Smyly unbadign two cutters after leaving a curved ball on his helmet.

Forced to shoot one of the four seams, Smyly made a serious mistake. The playing field became the home plate and entered the Altuve belt. The second baseman crashed into left field and trotted to first base when he came out of the foul post. After hitting only 13 homers last season, Altuve has eight in his first 19 games.


Before Altuve allowed himself to rest, Bregman hit Smyly's next pitch into right center field. It was also a fast four-seam ball thrown too far into the center of the strike zone. Bregman redirected him to the Astros bullpen 417 feet away, betting on Verlander with a three-run lead.

The 36-year-old right handed out three hits in seven innings. Danny Santana started the sixth with a home run to replace the only race in his line. Verlander required 107 pitches, striking out eight and allowing only two men to pbad first base.

Verlander did not give up a hit until the fourth inning, when Joey Gallo singled out two outs through the Astros' aggressive flip-side change in right field. A four-pitch punch by Asdrubal Cabrera concluded the framing without further damage.

The next entry started with three consecutive Astros doubles, detonating the offensive explosion once more.

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