Somebody's going to have to pry Evan Gattis away from the Oak-Town Coliseum. El Oso Blanco thinks he's Steph Curry raining threes from Downtown. After producing a personal-best five-RBI night Tuesday against the A's, Gattis slugged two home runs and drove in five again on Wednesday night to pace a 13-5 stomping that was 10-0 Houston before the sun started to set.
Gurriel, Correa plated their share
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It was a team-high seventh win in a row for the Astros yet they still can't catch Seattle who dropped the Angels earlier in the day. Houston remains a half-game back in the two-team AL West race. The offense has averaged 7.12 runs during their winning streak.
Gattis tied the franchise record with 10 RBIs in two games and pulled into a tie with Carlos Correa for the team lead in that department at 42. Correa's two-run triple helped get the scoring started early against Paul Blackburn whose new nickname is "Charred". Blackburn's season ERA leapt from 1.50 to 11.05 in just 1-1/3rd innings.
Yuli Gurriel had a three-hit night to push his season batting average to .304 while driving in three. Jake Marisnick, yes Jake, took over the late inning highlights. He robbed Chad Pinder of a two-run homer in the eighth then blasted a two-run homer of his own in the ninth against admitted white flag Jake, yes Jake, Smolinski - an outfielder by trade.
All this made for a cozy evening for Gerrit Cole who won his eighth of the year rather easily. Perhaps too easily as he was torched by Steven Piscotty for a three-run homer and the first of two solo shots on the night by Khris Davis. The other Davis homer came on a pitch from just-recalled Reymin Guduan in the eighth. Guduan recorded the final six outs.
Could this get any worse for the A's? Oh, yes - they'll be facing Justin Verlander (8-2), the league's ERA leader, in a 2:35 pm Central time getaway game in the series finale on Thursday. Frankie Montas (3-0) will be JV's mound opponent.
Somewhere in the sewage-spewing showers of this overaged ballpark, Evan Gattis is refusing to leave. Can't say we blame him.
- Bob Hulsey