On a night when the Houston Astros were honoring the history made by legends of their past, the players of the present made history. For the Astros, tonight’s story was supposed to be about the official opening of the Astros Hall of Fame, a night when Nolan Ryan, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Joe Morgan, and countless other former legends all sat under the same roof.
The TV broadcast was filled with interviews with newly minted Astros Hall of Famers and the only other story that seemed to come across each interview tonight was that little ole Zack Greinke trade. Who would have thought that the story by the end of the night would be the performance of a couple of guys from that other trade the Astros made at the deadline?
I’m talking about newly acquired Aaron Sanchez, owner of a 6.07 ERA before this game, along with newly acquired Joe Biagini, and old stalwarts Will Harris, and Chris Devenski who combined to throw a 4 pitcher no-hitter. For all the hubbub about Zack Greinke making the Astros rotation a monster for opposing hitters, we may have overlooked who as recently as 2016 led the league in ERA.
In a post-game interview, Sanchez stated, “I was just coming here and trying to have a good first impression” and what an impression it was. With his curveball working and keeping hitters off-balance, Sanchez threw 6 no-hit innings before having to be removed before the 7th and bullpen picked up right where he left off, tossing 3 more no-hit innings to complete the gem. The Astros offense scored 9 runs to take the pressure off the pitchers, coming out of the gate to score 3 in the 1st inning.
It’s only the 1st game as an Astro for Aaron Sanchez, but if no-hit baseball is what the Astros can expect out of their presumptive number 5 starter, then the rest of the American League is surely on notice. If this team keeps up it’s pace, perhaps future Astros Hall of Fame classes will have all 25 of these players in their halls.