The Houston Astros were left speechless on Friday night, after a 5-5 tie was shattered in the top of the ninth at Minute Maid Park. The Oakland A’s erupted for seven runs in the final inning to snatch a 12-5 win in Houston.
The Astros seemed to have gotten back on track, after overturning an early 5-1 deficit. After Oakland tagged starter Brad Peacock for four runs in the second inning, Houston started to claw their way back into the game. A bad throw from Josh Donaldson allowed two runs to score, which didn’t help Oakland starter Jesse Chavez at all. He allowed four earned runs (five total) on eight hits.
Once the game was tied, everything stayed quiet for a few innings. Both starters were pulled early, giving each bullpen a little extra work. And it seemed as though Houston was starting to pull things together, until closer Josh Fields came in to shut things down in the ninth.
Fields hit Brandon Moss to open up the ninth, as the unraveling began. Back-to-back singles from Alberto Callaspo and Craig Gentry loaded the bases for Daric Barton, who cleared the bases with a single to right. A fielding error was also charged to right fielder George Springer as Oakland took an 8-5 lead. Later in the inning, Moss would come back around for a second appearance and would get hit again. It was the first time in A’s history a batter had been hit twice in the same inning.
Four runs had crossed the plate before the first out was recorded. Fields was yanked before he could record the first out of the inning. The final nail was hammered in by Josh Donaldson, who belted a two-run meteor shot to give the 12-5 score.
Frustration set in, both from fans and Astros manager Bo Porter. After Jason Castro was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the ninth, Porter came out of the dugout to argue that the pitcher should’ve been ejected. It stemmed from batters getting hit in Thursday’s game. Porter offered comments after the game about the situation.
My response to the umpire was real simple. If you’re going to toss our guy yesterday, then it looked pretty intentional to me. It’s a judgment call on the umpire’s part, and he didn’t think it was intentional. I said my piece, what it is I thought, and he threw me out of the game.
Oakland is now 5-0 against Houston this year, and are now 0-3 in games tied after eight innings. Both teams are back in action on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, with first pitch set for 7:10 P.M. Dallas Keuchel takes the mound for Houston as he will face Dan Straily.