It was the battle of Texas Major League baseball teams on Thursday night at Minute Maid Park. The Houston Astros got the better of the Texas Rangers by a score of 4-2. The game was very close to being a win for the Rangers. Hunter Pence almost hit a home run with a pair of men on base in the top of the ninth inning. However, Josh Reddick saved the game for the Astros by leaping over the wall and making the catch to preserve the win. The Astros improved their record to 23-15. The Rangers dipped below the .500 mark at 17-18.
Astros starting pitcher Wade Miley picked up his third win of the year against a pair of defeats. He pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs. If was another strong performance for Miley. He has pitched very well this year and now has a 3.18 earned run average. Mike Minor has pitched even better than Miley has this year. He took the loss for the Rangers by allowing three earned runs in five innings of work. His earned run average is still a terrific 2.68. Both pitchers are going to be very important to the success of their teams moving forward. They will need these pitchers to perform well if they have any hope of making the playoffs.
The spectacular catch by Reddick in the top of the ninth inning was obviously the biggest play of the game because it determined the outcome. Reddick has been one of the best defensive outfielders in the game for many years. Making plays like that has become very routine for him. He has robbed many hitters of home runs over the past decade. It was a good win for the Astros. They needed it because they have had some less than stellar performances in recent days.
The Astros are in a good position in their division. Oakland has played very poorly this year. The Seattle Mariners have fallen back to Earth after their very hot start. The Astros are thought to be the best team in the division. They have played like it so far this season. They just need to avoid any injuries to their key players. On the other hand, the Rangers are in the midst of a rebuilding season. Not much is expected from them. They have many young players who are still getting their feet wet at the major league level.