The win officially goes to J.A. Happ, and as much as it's a poor metric of individual performance, don't begrudge him that. The poor soul needs one.
But the Astros' 7-6 victory Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park was much more on the offense as the bats gave Happ a cushion that he used every bit of to get past the Washington Nationals.
Bolstered by three RBIs apiece from Clint Barmes and Michael Bourn, Happ got his first win since May 14 and the Astros' first in any of his starts since that date. They went 0-10 in the interim.
"It seems like it's been awhile. I don't know the specifics, but too long," Happ said. "Some guys made some nice comments, saying, 'We're going to pick you up,' and, 'We're going to get you one.'?"
And so they did.
Barmes hit a two-run homer in the second inning and added an RBI single in the Astros' four-run fourth as they built a 6-2 lead. Bourn also had a big hand in that and finished the day with two doubles and a single.
Happ wins with a lot of help from his friends
Houston Chronicle | Jul 20