Apologies as this recap will be brief due to computer issues.
Difo scores tie-breaker in 11th
(c) Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle
As Hurricane Harvey churned closer to Houston outside the Minute Maid doors, Stephen Strasburg hurled six innings of three-hit ball on seven strikeouts. Dallas Keuchel lasted seven frames and was pecked for three runs on four hits, one unearned due to his own error.
However, the Astros put together three runs in the late innings, including two in the bottom of the ninth, to send the game to extra innings. From there, former National Tyler Clippard, was tagged for two runs in the 11th as Washington prevailed, 5-4.
J.D. Davis homered in the 11th before the final out was made. The Nationals managed to win 2-of-3 in Houston but it was a very close series.
Jose Altuve left the game in the sixth with a sore neck he received while swinging against Stasburg. No determination has been made if this is a long-term or short-term injury. Expect the league's leading hitter to rest at least one night.
Brian McCann came off the disabled list and drove home the first Astro run. Juan Centeno was sent back to AAA Fresno to clear a roster spot.
The Astros hold a 12-1/2 game lead on the Angels of Anaheim as they meet for a three-game set on the West Coast this weekend, avoiding Harvey's wrath and preventing Bud Selig from relocating the games to Milwaukee as he did in 2008.
Collin McHugh (1-2) is scheduled to pitch in the 9:07 Central opener on Friday. Parker Bridwell (7-1), who has been a pleasant surprise for Anaheim, will get the start in a battle of righthanders for you night owls.
Prayers to all in the path of Harvey. Thought to land Sunday morning as a Category 3, his punch will be felt all along the Gulf Coast. Do follow closely the local weather information and evacuate if needed. Heavy rains are forecast for Victoria and Galveston and we all know how I-10 turns into a lake when there's a little moisture. If you are staying put, let loved ones know. If you're evacuating, be extra cautious and avoid low water crossings.
- Bob Hulsey