Astros 4, Royals 0
W: Keuchel (10-3) L: Duffy (2-4)
HR: #SpringerDinger (13)
Dallas Keuchel continued his concurrent campaigns to be named All Star Game starting pitcher, AL Cy Young, AL MVP, and Houston’s Real Fear The Beard last night, scattering (1) seven hits over eight scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and no walks.
(1) – MLB rules require all writers to refer to hits as “scattered” in a shutout effort.
Kansas City never seriously threatened to score, and Springer put the good guys in front to stay in the third inning, driving out a 3-0 pitch with 2 outs and Marwin aboard. The Astros would tack on singles in the 4th and 5th courtesy of a Gattis Tal’s Hill triple, and an Altuve double, but Springer’s Fowl Pole job was all Keuchel would need on this night.
For the first time since 2001, the Astros have opened the season with three consecutive winning months. Savor it, folks.