The Astros have finally doubled their win count for 2019

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"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Houston Astros NewsGame ThreadsHouston Astros Minor LeaguesAstros Game DayPodcastsGame Recap: Facing the Rangers is the best medicine for a losing streak Alex Avila Jersey , as the Astros win 2-1New,42commentsThe Astros have finally doubled their win count for 2019CDTShareTweetShareShareGame Recap: Facing the Rangers is the best medicine for a losing streak, as the Astros win 2-1Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY SportsFacing the Rangers turned out to be just what the doctor ordered for the Astros, as they broke a three-game losing streak to take the opener at Globe Life Park, 2-1.Rangers starter Drew Smyly was making his first start since 2016 following two seasons of injuries, and George Springer started him off with a big “welcome back”, as he made him throw six pitches before just depositing one in the bleachers.You might have thought that things would spiral out of control out of there, with a rusty pitcher throwing a lot of pitches giving up a leadoff home run, and with the first relief option for him being a last-minute call-up with all of six games in the majors under his belt. It just didn’t quite happen like that, though. The Astros wound up stranding runners all over the place, for both Smyly and Adrian Sampson (who wound up throwing the final six innings), which looked like it wouldn’t be a problem until Ronald Guzmn’s home run to tie things up in the third. Thankfully, the bats reawakened for long enough to break that tie, with Carlos Correa blasting a double in the right-center gap to start things off in the sixth and Robinson Chirinos taking revenge on his previous team with a double that was more of the seeing-eye variety to bring Correa home.Also thankfully, the pitching continued to be impressive. This time, it was Brad Peacock making his season debut http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-greinke-jersey , and if you were worried that last year’s sojourn to the bullpen would make him worse, it didn’t show up tonight in Arlington. Guzmn’s home run wound up being the only major blemish on the night, with the only other hit (a Rougned Odor single) being erased after a failed steal attempt. More impressively, his final line on the night included five Ks and no walks in 6.2 innings. He didn’t even reach 90 pitches! Ryan Pressly and Roberto Osuna took things from there without incident. Obviously, there are still things to be concerned about, if you want to worry. The Rangers most likely won’t be good this year, Smyly isn’t exactly an ace, and this was still only a 2-1 win. But it’s still early, and there were a lot of encouraging things here, too: Correa went 3-4, Bregman’s went 1-2 (his second hit on the year) with two walks (his first and second on the year), and overall, this was the most offense the team has seen since Opening Day (against an actual Cy Young winner, at that). And most importantly, the Astros now have win number two on the year. CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are closing in on the NL Central championship and have their sights set on another deep playoff run.It sure would help if Kyle Hendricks keeps pitching like this. They’ll take a few more big home runs from Kris Bryant, too.Hendricks went eight innings in another strong start Jake Lamb Jersey , Bryant connected and the Cubs moved closer to the division title while dealing another hit to St. Louis’ playoff hopes, beating the Cardinals 8-4 on Friday.“This is what you look for,” Hendricks said. “These are the games you want to play in, games that have meaning like this. That’s why we play the game. Hopefully, we’ve got a lot of these left.”The Cubs came into the final weekend of the regular season with a franchise-record fourth straight trip to the postseason assured and their third division title in a row in sight. They remained one game ahead of Milwaukee, which beat Detroit 6-5 on Friday night.The Cubs can clinch the NL Central on Saturday — and home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs — with a win and a Brewers loss.St. Louis matched a season high with its fourth straight loss, after being swept by Milwaukee this week. The Cardinals trail Los Angeles by two games for the second NL wild card after the Dodgers won 3-1 in San Francisco late Friday night.With two games remaining, one more St. Louis loss or Los Angeles win would eliminate the Cardinals from postseason contention.“Clearly the back is completely against the wall,” manager Mike Shildt said.Hendricks (14-11) gave up two runs and seven hits . The right-hander is 5-1 with a 1.52 ERA in his past seven outings and has thrown a career-high 199 innings.“He’s pitched with his best stuff since I’ve known him,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “There’s not many strikeouts, not a lot of swing-and-misses. But the velocity on the fastball, he’s back to the weaker contact in general. He looks strong. … I just see a stronger version of Kyle.”Bryant made it 3-0 with a long solo drive to center against Adam Wainwright in the fourth.That gave the 2016 NL MVP just two homers in 27 games and 13 total in a season marked by injuries. Bryant missed the previous two games because of a bruised left wrist after getting hit by a pitch and was on the disabled list two times this year because of left shoulder inflammation.Daniel Murphy had two hits, two runs and an RBI. He singled and scored in a two-run first, doubled and came around in the fifth, and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.Anthony Rizzo had an RBI single and sacrifice fly.Albert Almora drove in two with a single against Dominic Leone to cap a three-run eighth, making it 8-2 http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-greinke-jersey , and the Cubs won their third in a row after losing four of six.“We’ve been here before,” Bryant said, referring to three straight appearances in the NLCS and a World Series championship in 2016 that ended a drought dating to 1908. “We’ve been under pressure situations. I think we know how to handle it.”Wainwright (2-4) is now 11-3 lifetime at Wrigley Field. He lasted five innings, allowing four runs and five hits, in what could be his final start for the Cardinals. Though he didn’t sound like a player ready to walk away, the three-time All-Star has an expiring contract and was on the disabled list three times this season because of hamstring and elbow injuries.“If you had asked me that question about two months ago, I would have already checked out on you,” Wainwright said. “But the way I’m feeling right now, if that is my last start, it would be kind of hard to walk away knowing the way I’m feeling right now.”TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: Manager Joe Maddon said he wasn’t sure if reliever Pedro Strop (strained left hamstring) will pitch this weekend. The right-hander still feels some discomfort on the landing throwing off the mound. Strop has been sidelined since Sept. 13, when he was hurt running to first on a double-play grounder at Washington. … The Cubs activated C Bobby Wilson, who was acquired Aug. 30 from Minnesota on Friday. The Twins placed him on the 10-day disabled list Aug. 24 because of a sprained right ankle.UP NEXTCardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (17-4, 2.94 ERA) looks to win his fifth straight start, after holding San Francisco to two runs and two hits in seven innings on Sunday.Cubs: LHP Cole Hamels (4-2, 2.47) tries to shake off back-to-back losses after going 4-0 in his first nine starts for Chicago following a trade from Texas. He homered against Pittsburgh on Monday but got outpitched by Jameson Taillon.

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