Newcomb’s 1st Rough Outing Leads to a Blowout win for the Astros
On a night when all of Braves Country was excited for the return of their star player, Freddie Freeman, the Houston Astros had other plans. The Braves sent their rookie pitcher, Sean Newcomb (1-2 1.48 ERA) to face the Astros, who hold the MLB’s best record at 56-27.
Newcomb known for attacking batters and putting them in 2 strike counts, came into the game looking to do just that and he did. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t get the outs needed to keep the Braves in the game. In the 2nd and 3rd innings, the Astros came alive and were hitting everything Newcomb was delivering.
After giving up a RBI double to Astros 1B, Yuri Gurriel, allowing them to go up 1-0, the Astros kept their foot on the gas and scored another four runs in the 3rd and extending the lead to 5-0, ultimately ending Newcomb’s night before he could ever really get started leaving him with ten hits, seven earned runs, and two strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work.
The Braves called Luke Jackson from the Bullpen with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the 4th and gave up two more runs extending the lead to 7-0. The Braves bullpen did the best they could with what they were dealt and minimized the Astros bats in the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings only giving up another 3 runs and allowing the Astros lead to get to double digits.
The Braves once again showed their heart and ability to never quit when they scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th and 8th courtesy of Tyler Flowers and Danny Santana putting the Braves on the scoreboard 12-4, avoiding the shutout. The final score ended up being 16-4 after a Grand-Slam by Astros, Josh Reddick in the 9th .
The Braves look to bounce back when they send Jaime Garcia (2-2 4.35 ERA) to face Astros Joe Musgrove (4-7 6.01 ERA)
Game is set to start at 7:35 pm ET
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