Astros’ Keuchel Fans 13 In First Start Of Second Half
Houston Astros’ Ace Dallas Keuchel had the honor of starting the 2015 All-Star Game for the American League due to his stellar outings so far this season and eleven wins, on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park, he followed up with a solid outing and his twelfth win of the season.
Keuchel didn’t allow any baserunners after the second inning, striking out thirteen batters and he also retired the last eighteen batters that he faced. He struck out six batters in a row between the fifth and seventh innings using his fastball on both sides of the plate.
The thirteen strikeouts was a career high for the twenty-seven year old lefty who led his Astros to the 10-0 win to take the series two games to one.
The Astros got on the board with a three run lead in the bottom of the third. Carlos Correa’s RBI double on a line drive to left field and then a two run homerun from Colby Rasmus, his twelfth of the season, on a fly ball to right field.
In the bottom of the fifth, Luis Valbuena hit a two run single on a ground ball to center for the five run lead.
Valbuena then hits another two run single in the bottom of the sixth and a sac fly by Jon Singleton to send home Evan Gattis for the eight run advantage.
The Astros would then get their final two runs in the bottom of the seventh with a two run homer by Preston Tucker, his sixth of the season, on a fly ball to left field.
Keuchel’s final line was two hits in seven innings with no walks or runs; striking out thriteen and advances to 12-4 on the season with a 2.12 ERA.