As Astros games continue to find significance mostly in their implications for the future, it's hard to find a bigger win of late that Wednesday night's 2-0 victory over the Pirates at Minute Maid Park.
J.A. Happ continued his nascent "don't forget about me" campaign with his second consecutive strong start since coming back from the minor leagues – this one even better than the last.
Happ continued the Astros' run of strong starting pitching with seven shutout innings, and the Astros used two balls that didn't leave the infield for all the offense they would need to sweep three from the Pirates and tie a season-high with a four-game winning streak.
The lefthander, optioned to Class AAA on Aug. 5 as his major league season spiraled out of control, began his comeback with six innings that were at times on the edge but were for the most part a success in San Francisco.
Wednesday against the Pirates, there were no qualifications, and incidentally, no runners who even reached second base. Happ was outstanding, giving up just three hits – all singles – and reversing his primary bugaboos with just one walk and a clean first inning. He struck out seven Pirates and was considerably better than usual at attacking the zone, throwing 71 strikes in his 110-pitch outing.
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