ON THE FIELD by Brandon C. Williams
The Astros will have rookie David Paulino on the mound when they face Oakland Athletics in the third of a four-game series at Minute Maid Park beginning at 7:10pm. Despite a 5.04 ERA, Paulino is 2-0 in his brief career and will be making just his sixth start in the majors. He won his last start at Oakland this past Thursday, allowing three runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings while striking out six. The A’s counter with Jesse Hahn, who comes into the game with a 3-5 record and 4.02 ERA. Hahn was the losing pitcher against Paulino and was knocked out after two-plus innings with nine runs and ten hits credited against him. The game will be televised live on Root Sports.
The unofficial start of the 2017 high school football season begins in College Station with the annual adidas Texas 7on7 state tournament. Hitchcock, one of three area teams that qualified for the event, will take part in Division II play that begins in the morning. The Bulldogs advanced to the Division II quarterfinals last year and will look to build upon the success in hopes of playing in the championship game on Friday afternoon.
It’s a good day to cut work and watch baseball as the Astros conclude their series against the A’s beginning at 1:10pm. Brad Peacock gets the start for the hometown team in search of improving his record of 4-1 and 2.82 ERA. He has been stellar in his last two starts, allowing just two runs over 10.1 innings of work that included a win over the Athletics on June 19. Jharel Cotton, who is 5-7 with a 5.02 ERA, starts for Oakland and is coming off one of his best outings of the season that saw him hold Chicago White Sox to three hits over five innings of shutout to get the win this past Friday.
Division I play in the adidas Texas 7on7 state tournament begins as Clear Brook and Dickinson seek to reach Saturday’s championship game in a 64-team field that features a host of elite programs in both class 5a and 6a. The Gators advanced to the state finals last year, losing to The Woodlands squad that eventually played in the class 6a, division I state championship game. Fans looking to go out to the tournament should be advised that temperatures will be hot, with the heat index expected to easily cross the 100-degree barrier.
The Astros welcome New York Yankees for a weekend set that starts at 7:10pm. Lance McCullers takes the bump for the Astros and will look for his eighth win of the season against one loss. McCullers will take the role of ace of the staff until Dallas Keuchel returns from his neck injury shortly after the All-Star break. Michael Pineda, 7-4 on the season, gets the call from the Pinstripes. The game will be televised on Root Sports, but those in attendance will get to watch the Friday night fireworks show shortly after the game.
Rookie Frances Martes will start for the Astros in the second game of the series against the Yankees, which begins at 6:15pm. Martes is 2-0 on the season with a 5.59 ERA. He will be opposed by fellow rookie Jordan Montgomery, who comes into the contest with a 5-4 record with a 3.74 ERA. The game will be televised on Root Sports.