TORONTO — Some takeaways from the Astros’ 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays.
Disclaimer: the games don’t matter now, the division is clinched.
Straw man: Myles Straw blended in seamlessly during the postgame celebration, donning his bulky Oakley goggles with beer dripping from his face.
On the field, he can now boast his first hit.
Straw knocked the first hit of his major league career in the third inning, a line drive which careened off Jays reliever Joe Biagini.
“I hit it, I saw it hit the pitcher and I go ‘Oh man,'” Straw said. “I thought he was going to pick it up and throw me out. Sure enough, I was there in time and I got it.”
Jose Altuve leapt from the dugout to immediately retrieve the baseball, which he gifted to Straw amid the posgtame revelry.
“I saw all the guys in the dugout who wanted to get the ball for me and it was so great,” Straw said, before turning his attention to the postgame scene. “This is what you dream of. It’s unbelievable to be a part of this.”
Straw added another single in the eighth inning.
Giles game: Ken Giles reared back, uncorked a 99 mph fastball and received a swing and miss. He pumped his fists, yelled into the air and greeted his catcher.
The former Astros closer appeared to exact whatever revenge he felt necessary.
Giles threw a clean ninth inning to earn the save against the team that traded him. On Monday, Giles accused the Astros of ineffective communication during his volatile, two and a half year tenure.
Manager A.J. Hinch blasted the claim, calling Giles “flat wrong.”
Two days later, Giles worked a perfect ninth against a team of Astros backups playing because the division was clinched. Two of the three men he faced — Kyle Tucker and J.D. Davis — were September call-ups.