With news that the Astros' disabled pitchers are on the mend, none of the current starters want to make it easy for Jeff Luhnow and A.J. Hinch to send them back down. That includes Brad Peacock who got Houston's road trip off to a good start as he toppled Oakland, 4-1, Monday night at the Yoko Ono Coliseum. Peacock lasted 5-2/3rd innings, giving up just one run on four hits while whiffing eight. Will Harris, Chris Devenski and Ken Giles tossed hitless relief to back Peacock's fourth win.
Peacock flips ball to Hinch in sixth
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Jake Marisnick stung his ninth homer over the center field wall, a two-run blow in the fifth against Daniel Gossett to break the scoreless tie. George Springer added another score in the eighth when the lead-off man drilled his 20th bomb of the season, which leads the club. Derek Fisher smoked a home run into the right field seats in the ninth for the final tally.
The Astros are an amazing 24-8 (.768) away from Minute Maid Park as they begin a week on the West Coast.
Did I mention the starting pitchers are coming back? Lance McCullers may be ready in time to pitch in Seattle after a successful bullpen session Monday. Charlie Morton tossed 50 pitches over a pair of simulated sessions and appears to be headed to Fresno for a couple of rehab starts. Dallas Keuchel did some soft tossing on Monday for the first time since landing on the Disabled List with a neck malady.
Houston will play game two of the best-of-four series on Tuesday night at 9:05 Central. Francis Martes (1-0) will get another chance to impress as he pitches against Sonny Gray (2-2) who is rumored by some to be front and center on Jeff Luhnow's midsummer wish list for trade acquisitions. When healthy, Gray can slot in for the number two spot in the rotation. Perhaps it will be Martes who will be the bait that brings Sonny to Texas.
- Bob Hulsey