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Game Thread #144 (2): A’s at Astros

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MLB: Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros
Houston Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos (28) celebrates with shortstop Alex Bregman (2) after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park. 
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Hopefully the photo warned you if you are just joining us tonight.

“Lit up” in the is the best way to summarize Mike Fiers’ first inning. Alex Bregman with a three-run home run put the Astros up 3-0. Yordon Alvarez followed suit, sending one deep into the right field stands to put the Astros ahead 4-0. With Aledmys Diaz singling to get on base, Robinson Chirinos took the ball deep for the third home run of the inning and a 6-0 lead for the Astros. Then in the second, home runs were launched by Altuve and Brantley to put the Astros up 9-0 and end Fiers’ night.

With Paul Blackburn in, we would hope the bleeding would stop. But Blackburn gave up a towering shot by Yordon Alvarez who picked up his second homer of the night. 10-0 Astros. Oh but wait, it doesn’t stop there...an RBI single by Chirinos let to an 11-0 lead.

And we head to the 3rd.

Thread #1: https://www.athleticsnation.com/2019/9/9/20857926/game-thread-144-as-at-astros