A Royal Pain
HOUSTON — The Astros have taken game one of three from the inter-league series with the Kansas City Royals by a margin of 9-7. although, the final score does not truly dictate how much of a creaming the Astros laid on the Royals. Kansas City managed to snake five runs in the top half of the ninth inning on closer Brett Myers, who has only blown one save all year.
Houston started the game with an early lead manufacturing two runs from a Brian Bixler home run, his very first home run as a major leaguer, and and Justin Maxwell scoring from first on a throwing error by Royal’s pitcher Jonathan Sanchez to first baseman Brian Butler. The Astros held onto the lead, and extended upon it in the fourth from an RBI single from Chris Johnson and another run walked in, the three run lead held, but was cut to two in the top of the sixth, on a Brian Butler ground out, scoring Alex Gordon. The Astros would continue to pound the Royals silly in the bottom of the eight, scoring five runs, a Brian Bogusevic solo home run. two runs from a Brian Bixler two run RBI double, and a two run home run from Justin Maxwell. The Astros seemed to extend their lead to seven runs, a lead that seemed to hold for the rest of the game,WRONG.
The Royals managed to string together four hits straight after only recording one out, loading the bases and score a run, chipping away at an almost impeccable lead. Doug Brocail went out to talk to Myers on the mound. Myers went on to give up four more runs off four hits and a sacrifice fly out, Mills had seen enough, the once seven run margin had been cut down to two, with bases loaded, the lead in jeopardy. Mills called in Xavier Cedeno, and after five pitches, Cedeno got Mike Moustakas to fly out to Carlos Lee to seal the victory for the Astros.
I’m starting up the Bixler bandwagon. and although I am not ready for him to take over for Lowrie just yet, I think Bixler is on the cusp of making the big time. I have been loving on Bixler for a little while now, and I fully believe in Bixler and his potential.
Player of the game: Brian Bixler SS: 3-5 with his first ever home run, and three RBI’s.
Next Match-up: vs KC. 6/17 7:05
– Richard Perez
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