Former Warrior Leads Generals To Win
The Generals, wrapping up a short homestand Tuesday night.
I was at Riverside for the Generals and Acadiana Cane Cutters. A crowd of well over 900 on a free ticket night there to see former West Warrior Kasey Kalich, getting his first start for the Generals. He goes five, gives up a run on three hits with five strikeouts. Luis Olivier hits a three-run homer for the Generals in the first. In his next time up in the third, he gets an RBI single. The generals get the sweep, Kalich gets the win, 9-4. Another former West Warrior pitcher, Jonathan Jimenez, gets the start for the Generals Wednesday night.
Parker Osburn’s first game for the Generals Monday night was a great debut. The freshman from Rice first singled in a run in the Generals’ two-run third. Osburn scored the other run on his own. On a wild pitch, the League City native scored all the way from second. I asked Osburn and his Rice teammate, Dominic Cox, how much it helps to have an Owls teammate with the Generals. Said Osburn, “We’ve been friends for a long time and it’s a comfort thing for me and him to be here together. But it’ll be great to meet some new people as well.” Said Cox, “Of course it’s always good to have one of your friends with you when you go to places you don’t really know. Plus he’s staying with me in the host family. It’ll be a good time.”
The Generals are back in road action Wednesday night in Bryan against the Brazos Valley Bombers.Kyle Seager, Mike Zunino and Jean Segura all homered off Dallas Keuchel early to back up another solid start by James Paxton and give the Seattle Mariners a 7-1 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
The Mariners have won five straight to move ahead of the defending champion Astros and into first place in the American League West.
Their bats got going early on Tuesday night, with Seager hitting a three-run homer in Seattle’s four-run first and Zunino padding the lead to 6-0 with his two-run shot in the second.
Paxton (5-1) gave up nine hits but just one run in 7 2/3 innings to extend his winning streak to five games. The Canadian lefty struck out six and walked one to lower his ERA to 2.95.
For the Astros the struggles continue for Keuchel (3-8), the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner. He tied a season-high by yielding seven hits and the seven runs were the most he’s allowed this season. It was the second time he’s given up three homers this season as he lost for the third time in four games.
Marwin Gonzalez was a home run shy of the cycle and drove in Houston’s only run with a second-inning double on a night the Astros had trouble stringing together hits and dropped their third straight.
Dee Gordon started things in the first with a leadoff single before a single by Jean Segura. Mitch Haniger grounded into a forceout that left Segura out at second and scored Gordon to make it 1-0. Nelson Cruz singled before Seager’s 10th homer this season made it 4-0.
Ben Gamel opened the second with a single and Zunino pushed the lead to 6-0 with his blast to left field.
Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel hit consecutive singles to start Houston’s second and the Astros cut it to 6-1 when Correa scored on a double by Gonzalez.
Gonzalez tripled with two outs in the fourth, but Max Stassi grounded out to leave him stranded.
Keuchel settled down after those tough two innings and had retired 10 straight when Segura connected off him with one out in the fifth to extend the lead to 7-1.
The Astros had a single in the sixth and seventh, but Paxton faced the minimum in both of those innings thanks to double plays.
Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve hit back-to-back singles with two outs in the eighth to give the Astros multiple hits in an inning for the first time since the second and chase Paxton. Juan Nicasio took over and needed just one pitch to get a groundout by Correa to end the inning.
Astros: C Brian McCann, on the disabled list with right knee soreness, continues to ramp up his activity level and manager A.J. Hinch said they’ll likely decide what next for him on Wednesday. … OF Josh Reddick, who is recovering from an infection near his right knee, continued a rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi on Tuesday and Hinch said he could come of the DL as soon as Wednesday.
Seattle’s Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 2.60 ERA) opposes Houston’s Lance McCullers (7-3, 3.89) when this two-game series wraps up on Wednesday night. LeBlanc has started and pitched in relief this season and has allowed just six earned runs combined in his six starts. McCullers picked up his seventh win in his last start by yielded four hits and two runs over six innings of a 4-2 win over Boston.