Kyle Tucker Strikes Out Swinging

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Tucker Goes 1-For-4 In Major League Debut, Astros Win

Astros top prospect Kyle Tucker got his first career hit after striking out in his previous three at-bats.

July 07, 2018 - 7:28 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - Astros top prospect Kyle Tucker made his highly anticipated Major League debut Saturday at Minute Maid Park. He got off to a rocky start by striking out in his first three at-bats, but broke through with a single to right field in the seventh inning for his first career major league hit. In the eighth, Tucker would get his first career run batted in on a bases loaded walk to finish the day 1-for-4 in a 12-6 Astros victory over the White Sox.

"He handled the day well. He'll sleep well tonight. I think the adrenaline was kicking," Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said. "He's going to have a role on this team. A lot of days you're not going to notice him. He's going to be quiet. He's going to do his part. He's going to learn. He's got a lot of things to do to get acclimated to this level. Probably the perfect team for a rookie to break in on, especially someone that has a little notoriety."

Getting that elusive first hit out of the way was a relief for Tucker. It was important to slow the game down which can be difficult, especially for your debut. He said he had a lot to do before the game which made it tough to focus at the beginning.

"It was kind of a relief to put a ball forward after the first three strikeouts," Kyle said. "As the flow of the game goes, you kind of ease into it. Made it a little bit easier as the game went along."

On the mound, Charlie Morton allowed just three baserunners in his first five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. Lineup positions one through seven would all reach base and Charlie would exit after recording two outs in the frame. His final line was 5.2 innings, 5 hits, 5 earned runs, 2 walks and 8 strikeouts. 

Like Lance McCullers did Friday night, Morton struck out six of the first nine batters he faced. Although, Charlie's earned run average grew from 2.55 to 2.83. Colin McHugh continued his All-Star caliber season striking out two in his appearance in the seventh and lowering his ERA from 0.90 to 0.88.

The entire Astros lineup produced handily with every player getting a hit. They combined for 17 total in the game. Alex Bregman and Max Stassi each went 3-for-5 while Jose Altuve, Yuli Gurriel, Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez all got two hits.