The last time the Astros played a game at Minute Maid Park it was Game 5 of the World Series—which, if you recall, they won in a memorable fashion. The team, and their fans, were excited to be back in the ballpark on Monday, April 2, for their home opener against the Baltimore Orioles, after winning the season-opening series against the Texas Rangers 3-1
Last night's starting pitcher was Charlie Morton, who was also on the mound the night the 'Stros won the championship. He threw a scoreless six innings before allowing the bullpen to close the game. His work included six strike-outs and only two walks. The home team finished the game with a 6-1 win.
Prior to the start, the World Series banner was unveiled over the train tracks on the west side of the stadium. The reveal was comically botched when the black cloth covering the flag required assistance from two stadium workers to finally drop. Many of the Astros players laughed with amusement as this occurred. It took 52 years to win a World Series, so a few more minutes of waiting to see the banner wasn't the worst thing in the world.
Despite the premium ticket pricing for this series, a total paid attendance of 42,675 packed the ballpark. They were rewarded with a beautiful night of baseball, with a cool breeze flowing in through the open retractable roof.
Alex Bregman began the scoring for the Astros in the first inning with an RBI double. Marwin Gonzalez then hit a home run in the 4th inning, followed by more RBI's by Derek Fisher and George Springer. 2017 American League MVP Jose Altuve also scored on a double in the sixth. Carlos Correa left the game in the second inning with discomfort in his left big toe.