OAKLAND – Just like a year ago in the same clubhouse in the Coliseum for teammate Justin Verlander, the Astros struck another member of the 200-Wins club on Sunday afternoon, taking a few moments to say hello Zack Greinke.
OAKLAND – As was the case almost a year ago in the same clubhouse in the Coliseum for teammate Justin Verlander, the Astros on Sunday afternoon came up with a few hits on another member of the 200-wins club moments when the first pitcher
Greinke was the third active pitcher to score 200 wins, and, more importantly for his teammates, helped stop the Astros losing streak by pausing for a run and four goals in seven innings a 4-1
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"I would not say that there are many pitchers who would say that [wins] these are the most important statistics for them, but if you and the team win, this is the most important "Greinke said. "It does not necessarily mean you throw the best, but it's the most important thing."
Greinke joined CC Sabathia (251) and Verlander (219) as the only active launchers to reach the milestone. He is the 115th major league pitcher to win 200 games. Since coming to Astros after his trade on July 31 from the D-Backs, he is 3-0 up with 2.37 ERA on his three starts.
"I think Zack did a great job tonight and stopped the bleeding," he told Astro's third base team player Alex Bregman, who hit a homer with three runs in the fifth inning. "We ended a long journey with a win. We have a lot to do to achieve what we want, but today was a step in the right direction. "
Greinke set the tone for the Astros by sending the first nine batters he faced, with only 25 pitches, through three perfect innings. Marcus Semien marked him for a leadoff homer in the fourth, but the A & # 39; s had no further blow to the third base.
"They were swinging early, and he made good positions and got all his outs," said Astros manager AJ Hinch. "I was more impressed that he got a zero after an inning in which we met. That was not easy on this trip.
The A & # 39; s came out swinging early, which was a signal that they expected Greinke to be around the plate, and had struggled with his Fastball command on his first two starts in Houston, but the right had full control of the Sunday game, mixing four pitches, from a 67-mile switch to a 92-mile fastball.
"It's not his speed," said A-manager Bob Melvin. He does it a bit differently than many first-rate starters, he paints with his fastball, his change is almost as fast as his fastball, but he jumps off the table and goes straight down, curveball for chase, curveball for strike, right-hand slider, he really does not give you much to beat. "
Greinke is still adjusting to his new teammates, and he found out in the seventh inning Sunday how strong an arm shortstop Carlos Correa has when he was first bedeck te and took a laser relay throw to end a double play.
"I was not prepared for that and could not really see well," said Greinke. "It was a bit dangerous."
The Astros ended their longest journey of the season with a 4: 6 record with a much-needed victory behind Greinke and Bregman (4: 4), who scored one of his hits The biggest hits of the season with his homer with two failures and two goals in the fifth inning, which brought the Astros 3-1 lead. He is the first Astros player since Lance Berkman (2006-07), who has denied 30 Homer seasons in a row.
said Hinch. "It was the key to developing a big three-run homer. Yulis [Gurriel] Swing was the key to the next inning. No easy journey for us. We played three series in three different time zones. No excuses, but it's nice to end this with a win and a happy flight.
Brian McTaggart has been reporting on the Astros since 2004 and MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.