Miley Rocked as Astros fall to Oakland, 21-7

Astros surrender six home runs in defeat

Jeremy Branham
September 10, 2019 - 11:15 pm

USA TODAY

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Wade Miley’s second consecutive rocky start dooms the Astros as they fall to Oakland, 21-7

Miley recorded just one out in the first inning as he gave up seven runs on seven hits.  In Miley’s previous start, he failed to record an out and was tagged for five runs on five hits.

George Springer homered in the bottom of the first inning, his 32rd of the year.  The home run to lead off the first inning was his 11th leadoff home run of the season, which adds to his franchise record, and brought the deficit to 7-1.

Khris Davis’ countered with a 2-run homer in the second inning, his 20th of the year, to give Oakland a 9-1 advantage.

The rout would continue in the third as Matt Olson hit a 2-run homer off of Cy Sneed.

George Springer would homer again in the bottom of the third , his 3rd multi home run game of the season and 11th of his career.  The home run also gave the Astros, a franchise record, 250 home runs on the season, breaking the previous high of 249 set in 2000. 

Joe Biagini entered the game in the top of the fourth, and gave up a trio of 2-run homers.  Sean Murphy was the first after Biagini walked Jurickson Profar to lead off the inning.  After a Robbie Grossman double, Marcus Semien sent a Biagini pitch over the wall in right field, the final 2-run home run of the inning came off the bat of Olson on the heels of a Matt Chapman single.

In the fifth inning, Chris Devenski would allow his first home run of the night as Murphy drilled a pitch into the Crawford Boxes for his second homer of the game, his first multi-homer game of his career.  The A’s would tack on another run later in the inning when Semien doubled home Grossman.

Martin Maldonado came off the bench in the bottom of the fifth to pinch hit for Robinson Chirinos, and launched a pitch over the wall in left for his 10th home run of the season.

An Oakland sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, off the bat of Profar, scored Mark Canha for the A’s 20th run of the game. 

The Astros would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth.  Garrett Stubbs doubled to lead off the inning, and then was driven in on a Myles Straw single.  Later in the inning, Straw would score on an Abraham Toro blooper into center. 

Franklin Barreto would drive in a run when his line drive to right field scored Profar in the ninth.  Then in the bottom half of the inning, Maldonado homered for the Astros, his second of the night.  Later in the inning, Jake Marisnick singled home Josh Reddick, which would be the final run of the game.

With the loss, Miley had his seven-game winning streak snapped and fell to 13-5 on the year.

The Astros and Oakland will meet in the third game of the four-game series on Wednesday.  The Astros haven’t announced a starter, while the A’s will counter with Brett Anderson (11-9, 4.19).