Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros put on an offensive clinic in the opening day win over the Oakland Athletics (8-1) with a strong showing from Zack Greinke over six innings.
Everyone worked extremely hard during the offseason. It was a good way to get off to a good start tonight. I thought we had good at-bats through the order and pitched really well. I thought it was an all-around team win.
The Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 8-1 in their first game of the season on the road in Oakland in a four-game series ending on Sunday, April 4, 2021, then head to Anaheim to take on the Los Angeles Angels.
Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics 4/1/21 Opening Day Game Summary
Starting pitcher, Zack Greinke, pitched a gem through six innings allowing no runs in a fantastic season opener. Greinke collected his first career Opening Day win — and the 209th win of his career against the Athletics on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
Alex Bregman brought in the first run of the game in the top 4th on a ground ball to 3B Matt Chapman which scored Jose Altuve.
Yordan Alvarez brought in Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker on a double in the top 6th bringing the Astros’ lead to 3-0.
In the bottom 7th, Athletics’ Matt Chapman hit a sac fly to bring in Ramon Laureano in a tag-up from 3B for the Athletics’ only run of the game.
In the top 8th, Michael Brantley roped a line-drive home run to right field followed by a home run from Alex Bregman to deep left-center bringing the score to 5-1 (Astros).
The Astros increased their lead over the Athletics in the Top 9th starting with a sac fly from Kyle Tucker bringing in Jose Altuve, followed by a wild pitch that Michael Brantley capitalized on, and a sac fly from Yordan Alvarez that brought in Robel Garcia.
HOUSTON ASTROS VS. OAKLAND ATHLETICS SCHEDULE:
- Game 1: Thursday, Astros 8, Athletics 1
- Game 2: Friday, 4/1/21, 6:40 p.m (PST)
- Game 3: Saturday, 4/2/21, 1:07 p.m.(PST)
- Game 4: Sunday, 4/3/21, 1:07 p.m.(PST)
Bregman ended the game going 2 for 4 with one walk, one home run, two runs, and two RBI’s.
Note: The Astros’ nine consecutive wins in openers ties the longest streak in the modern era (since 1900), joining the Mariners (2007-15), Reds (1983-91), Mets (1975-83), and St. Louis Browns (1937-45).
Alex Bregman homers
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