Tonight marked the beginning of the second and final stretch of interleague games in the MLB and the Houston Astros were in Chicago to take on the White Sox. Wandy took the mound to face off against White Sox left handed starter Gavin Floyd. Wandy didn't have his best stuff, but a combination of the Astros offense and the bullpen "Regulators" gave him the win tonight in the Windy City.
Astros 2B Jose Altuve led off the game on a positive note by clubbing his sixteenth double of the season to left field. Later in the inning, he was driven in by the emerging Jed Lowrie to give the Astros an early one to nothing lead. In the top of the second inning, 1B Brett Wallace took a 1-0 fastball from Gavin Floyd and deposited it in the right field bleachers for his first homerun of the season. Wallace has been a nice surprise for the Astros since being called up to fill in for the injured Carlos Lee. In limited action across four games, Wallace has hit 1 homerun, 2 RBI's and a .429 average. Wallace spent the majority of 2011 at the major league level, but struggled mightily, hitting only five homeruns and batting .259 in 115 games. In the top of the fifth inning, Astros SS Jed Lowrie recorded his second and third RBIs of the night on a two run homerun to right field. Lowrie's club leading eleventh homerun of the season also makes him tied for tenth in the national league; he has hit more homeruns than Joey Votto, Andre Eithier and Alfonso Soriano. The White Sox finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth on a a ground out by DH Adam Dunn. The White Sox then knocked Wandy out the game in the bottom of the sixth when they scored two more runs on a double from C A.J. Pierzinski and a single from SS Alexi Ramirez. Wandy struggled through 5.1 innings and pitched 103 pitches while only striking out two. Luckily, the bullpen was once again solid and did not allow the White Sox to score for the rest of the game. With the Astros leading five to three in the top of the ninth thanks to a Justin Maxwell back door steal of home in the seventh inning, Chicago native and Astros RF Brian Bogusevic gave the Astros some insurance by hitting a three run homerun to right field off of White Sox reliever Will Ohman. In the bottom half of the inning, Brett Myers finished the game with a 1-2-3 inning.
Astros MVP of the Game: Jed Lowrie 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Next Game: 6/9 3:05 PM CST @ Chicago White Sox, Jordan Lyles (1-1, 4.97) v. Philip Humber (2-3, 5.68)
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