Jun 3, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros first baseman Jon Singleton (28) smiles in the dugout after hitting a home run during the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Astros' Jon Singleton homers in major league debut

Houston Astros rookie first baseman Jon Singleton becomes the second prospect this week to hit a home run in his major league debut.  The Cardinals’ Oscar Taveras accomplished that feat on Saturday.

Singleton’s first major league home run led off the bottom of the eighth inning for the Astros.  His blast came off of Matt Shoemaker, who is slated to start on Saturday for the Angels against the Chicago White Sox.

The bad “bullpen session” for Shoemaker continued when Chris Carter homered as the very next batter.  Singleton and Carter’s back-to-back home runs put the Astros up 7-2.  They would go on to win by the same score, as Shoemaker settled down and finished the eighth inning.

Singleton finished his debut with a homer, two RBI, and two strikeouts.  Singleton drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the third to collect his first major league RBI off of Angels left hander C.J. Wilson.

Wilson had his worst start of the year against Houston tonight.  He lasted just 2.2 innings, giving up six hits, five runs, and a whopping five walks.

Astros’ youngster Collin McHugh continued his excellent start to his major league career.  He went five innings against the Angels, allowing just two hits, two walks, and no runs.

This was McHugh’s second straight start in which he did not give up a run, and his third straight quality start.  He seems to have rebounded well from a rough patch in which he lost three of four starts.


Tags: Chris Carter Houston Astros Jon Singleton Oscar Taveras

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