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Houston Astros vs. Pittsburgh Pirates series recap

It is April 12 and the Houston Astros have finally won their first series of the season. Everyone can get their hands off the panic button.

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Image via Matt Freed

We’re approaching the halfway point of the month of April, and the Houston Astros have finally won a series. Everyone can stop panicking and throwing fits on the timeline about the performance of a team that has done this year, after year, after year. The Houston Astros vs. Pittsburgh Pirates series recap will be full of home runs and wins.

The Astros decided to get the bats going super early Monday evening after Kyle Tucker singled in Alex Bregman in the top of the first inning. Mauricio Dubón kept the party going in the second inning when he singled in Jeremy Peña and the Astros never looked back for the rest of the game.

They ended up winning the first game of the Pirates series 8-2 on the backs of a strong performance from the lineup, top to bottom, and an extremely strong seven innings from the Framchise, Framber Valdez.

Dez also found a new (old) victory video that I guess we’ll let slide until he really tries and puts effort into finding a new video. He probably won’t read this blog anyway, so this is falling on deaf ears or blind eyes. I don’t really know the saying.

Game two of the Pittsburgh Pirates series was Tuesday evening, and it was full of ups and downs. A Breggy bomb got the game started in the top of the first inning, and it seems like the kid is finally all the way back. It’s been a long road from his MVP runner up season in 2019. He battled a number of injuries, and just wasn’t in his full form until after the All-Star Break last season.

Tucker then followed up Breggy in the second inning and added a solo bomb of his own. He’ll be the 2023 MVP, no question about it. It seemed like it was going to be smooth sailing towards a win and a series win, but that wasn’t the case.

The Pirates refused to stop hitting home runs against the Astros Tuesday night. It was quite rude if you ask me. It came down to the top of the ninth with the Astros trailing by two runs, and MY every day starting center fielder, Chas McCormick came to the plate with only one thing in mind.

The fun didn’t last too long since Ji Hwan Bae, elite name, hit a three run walk off homer to take home the win.

Finally, Wednesday morning arrived as first pitch for the final game of the series was at 11:35 a.m. CST. A quick turnaround after the disappointment of the second game of the series.

José Urquidy took the bump looking to follow up a good performance from last week. He ended his day after six shutout innings, only surrendering two hits and three walks. Stuff you just love to see from this loaded pitching rotation that is still going to add Lance McCullers Jr. to it in the coming months.

In the top of the third inning, José Abreu knocked his second extra base hit of the season to bring in Chas McCormick. Fans have been on Abreu’s back for the lack of extra base hits, however, he leads the team in hits, and has been fairly good in the clean up spot to begin the season. Just wait until Michael Brantley and Jose Altuve are back in the lineup and Abreu can move down to the fifth or sixth spot in the lineup. Scary hours indeed.

Houston’s own, Corey Julks, hit his first career home run in the top of the fourth inning, and the Astros never looked back. They went on to score six more runs, and the pitching staff continued to shutout the Pirates en route to their first series win of the season. The panic buttons can be put away, and Astros fans can relax. The team has an off day on Thursday before beginning a series with the Texas Rangers.

The Houston Astros vs. Pittsburgh Pirates series recap proved that the Astros are exactly who we thought they were. The best team in baseball.

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