Cole Dominates In Win Over Tigers

Cole strikes out 12 in 7 shutout innings

Adam Spolane
August 22, 2019 - 10:01 pm

Photo by Thomas Shea/USA Today

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Gerrit Cole returned to the Astros rotation Thursday night and dominated the Detroit Tigers by striking out 12 in seven shutout innings in a 6-3 win at Minute Maid Park.

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Right hamstring discomfort forced Cole to miss his last start in Chicago. In earning his 15th win of the season, he surrendered just two hit and one walk, needing 94 pitches to record 21 outs. 

Tigers starter Jordan Zimmerman matched Cole zero-for-zero until the bottom of the fourth when Alex Bregman followed Alex Bregman smacked a 3-1 fastball into the Crawford Boxes for his 31st home run of the season, matching his career-high. With Zimmerman out of the game, Yordan Alvarez doubled home Brantley in the sixth, and the Astros blew the game open in the seventh.

After Josh Reddick singled to start the inning, George Springer and Jose Altuve walked to load the bases. Brantley struck again with a two-run single, and after Bregman grounded into a fielder's choice moving Altuve to third, Yuli Gurriel's bloop single made it 6-0.

Brantley finished with three hits, giving him 52 multi-hit games this season, and his .338 batting average lead the league.

Joe Smith replaced Cole and worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning, setting the stage for Joe Biagini who allowed back-to-back home runs to John Hicks and Niko Goodrum, forcing A.J. Hinch to turn to Roberto Osuna. He Ronny Rodriguez on four pitches, bringing the tying run to the plate, but Dawel Lugo flied out to deep rightfield for the game's final out, improving the Astros to 82-47 on the season.

On Friday night, the Astros will welcome the Los Angeles Angels to Minute Maid Park for the opening game of a three game series. Zack Greinke will take the mound for the Astros.