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Our Fake Sox are coming off a very, very tough series against the Rays in which they very well could have come away with a sweep, but instead dropped two winnable games to close out the three-game set. They were supposed to go right into a three-game weekend series with the Astros after that, but rain got in the way of that plan and Friday’s game was rained out. Instead, they had a doubleheader on Saturday, starting with an afternoon affair between Justin Verlander and Nathan Eovaldi.
The two pitchers were in control of things over the first couple of innings of the game, with Eovaldi working around a one-out single in the first and a two-out single in the second to get through those two frames without a run scoring. On the other side, Verlander did give up a one-out double to J.D. Martinez but left him at second before working around a one-out walk for another scoreless frame in the second.
So, with the score still 0-0 heading into the top of the third, the Astros got going a bit, first with a one-out single from Kyle Tucker. Eovaldi…