Opening weekend has now come and gone as baseball is officially underway. The Houston Astros faced off against the Chicago White Sox at Minute Maid Park as they ended up splitting the series after a loss Sunday afternoon. There was plenty of action over the four games, so without further ado, here is the Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox series recap.
Opening Day appeared to be a blast. The Astros officially unveiled the new gold World Series pennants to go along with the gold uniforms. And David Hensley made his pitch for winning Beyond the Diamond’s first Dawg of the Week in 2023.
Thursday night’s game was a little bit of a snoozer that went by at supersonic speeds due to the new pitch clock rule. The seventh inning was the first scoring play for either team, and it was a passed ball that scored Yordan Alvarez. The White Sox ended up scoring three runs in the top of the ninth, and Yordan followed it with a mammoth solo shot to make it 3-2. That’s all the Astros could muster up Thursday as they saw their MLB record Opening Day 10 game winning streak come to an end.
Friday night, the Astros received their World Series rings and got down early, as Chicago built a 3-0 lead in the sixth inning. Luckily, the left fielder for the Astros who is most definitely worthy of a decade long extension, Kyle Tucker, homered in the bottom of the sixth to cut the White Sox lead to one.
Then, of course, Yordan had to do a thing and double home Martín Maldonado, Jeremy Peña, and Alex Bregman in the bottom of the seventh to give the Astros their first lead of the night. The bullpen shut down Chicago for the rest of the night as the Astros secured their first victory of the season.
Saturday, Houston jumped out to an early lead, and decided the bats would be working as they ended up recording 11 hits that afternoon. Tucker has started the season on fire, and so has Yordan. The lineup isn’t healthy, and won’t be for a few weeks, and a couple months for Jose Altuve, so mass production from the big lefties in your lineup is definitely a good thing.
The Astros ended up falling behind in the fourth inning, but quickly tied it in the bottom half of the inning on a Jeremy Peña double. Then, Tucker got the team the lead in the 7th singling home Yordan. That run was charged to Astros fan, Joe Kelly, which the home crowd made sure he had a warm welcome and hearty goodbye when he was yanked.
Sunday, was a culmination of some problems the Astros had in the first three games, but they weren’t able to overcome them in the late innings like they had. No starting pitcher made it past five innings in their starts, and the hitting was a little bit spotty all weekend long. It’s the first weekend of the season, so Astros fans, please, do not panic or overreact.
The White Sox put it all together for the most part Sunday afternoon, and they were rewarded for putting their barrels to the ball. They got after it, and with Yordan taking a day off, and Bregman starting off a little cold, the bats weren’t able to get it done to win the series.
All in all, it wasn’t a bad weekend. There’s 158 games left, so all the mediocre or bad play we saw this weekend could change tomorrow. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. The Astros will be back in action Monday against Detroit.
The Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox series recap will end with my Astro of the series. The only correct answer here is Yordan Alvarez. He obliterated balls all weekend, and made one spontaneously combust. I literally love Yordan Alvarez.