ON THE FIELD by Brandon C. Williams
The Astros conclude a seven-game swing out west when Brad Peacock takes the mound for Houston against Seattle Mariners hurler Angel Miranda beginning at 3:10pm. Peacock enters the game with a 4-1 record and 2.82 ERA after winning his previous start at Oakland A’s this past Monday. Even with the return of pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers to the rotation, the Astros are expected to keep Peacock as a starter after he began the season in middle relief.
Miranda, 6-3 with a 4.04 ERA, had a solid outing in his last start this past Tuesday by going seven innings and allowing two runs and four hits to Detroit Tigers, but ended with a no-decision. He has been hit hard by the Astros, who have pounded Miranda for 12 hits and six earned runs in 10.2 innings this season.The game will be televised live on Root Sports.
The final Monday evening 7on7 play will be at Stingaree Stadium beginning at 6:00pm as Hitchcock, La Marque, Santa Fe and Texas City finish their series of games. The four programs have played on each Monday this month and while three of the teams will begin preparing for the start of fall practice in August, Hitchcock will continue its plans for next month’s state 7on7 tournament in College Station. The Bulldogs, who are in the Division II field, are one of three local teams that qualified for the event. Clear Brook qualified at last week’s Athlete Training and Health meet in Houston, while Dickinson assured themselves of a trip when they won the Cypress qualifier last weekend. The Gators also qualified for the national 7on7 tournament, which will be held later next month in Frisco.
After enjoying only their third off day this month, the Astros return to action when they host Oakland A’s at 7:10pm. Mike Fiers, who is 5-2 with a 3.81 ERA, gets the call for the American League West leaders, while Oakland counters with Sean Manaea, who will come into the contest with a 6-4 record and an ERA of 4.05. The game will be televised live on Root Sports.