This was the much anticipated second career start for the surprising and promising young Astros starter Corbin Martin. The same Corbin Martin who blew away the powerful Texas Rangers lineup in his first start. Could he repeat his excellence in his second start against the World Champions?
Sadly, the answer was no, but he struggled through anyway, and was good enough. Instead another rookie, Josh James, made a breakthrough tonight, overcoming his early season troubles and overwhelming the powerful Sox, holding them scoreless for three innings.
Luckily, the Astros gave the shaky Martin an early lead. In a season that so far sees the Astros as one of the mightiest slugging teams in history, in the first inning the Astros are hitting only .