Apr 5, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (32) high-fives second baseman Howie Kendrick (47) after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Recap: Astros Lose Third Game In A Row As Offense Continues To Struggle

“Offense wins games, defense wins championships.” Well, the Astros won’t win many games with this offense anytime soon.

The Astros were pretty lucky to even score one run against the Angels. After a two-out Jose Altuve single, Jesus Guzman smoked a line drive to John McDonald. The liner was a bit too hot for McDonald to handle and Altuve would give the Astros an early 1-0 lead. The run went unearned as McDonald was charged with an error.

Howie Kendrick opened up the scoring for the Angels in the top of the second with an RBI double. David Freese added an RBI single in the fifth inning and Josh Hamilton drove him in with a two-run home run. Kole Calhoun added an insurance run in the top of the eighth with an RBI single. That was all the scoring in tonight’s affair as the Angels took game two of this four-game series, 5-1.

Tyler Skaggs dominated the Astros offense going eight innings allowing just four hits, one run (unearned), and one walk while striking out five.

Dallas Keuchel was his usual mediocre self allowing eight hits, four runs, and two walks, while striking out five. Chad Qualls allowed the Astros only other run in one inning of relief. Matt Albers and Josh Fields had scoreless appearances.

Jason Castro (foot) and Dexter Fowler (stomach bug) both missed tonight’s game. No word on how soon they will return.

Orange Stars

  • Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman – The Astros signed and retired the two All-Stars after great careers. Great program and very nice to see the two Astros icons honored.

Orange Peels 

  • Chris Carter – 0/4, 3K…
  • Astros offense – They’ve scored a total of 7 runs since putting up six runs in the first two innings on Opening Night.
  • Josh Hamilton – Seems to love Houston pitching. Already has two home runs against the Astros this season after hitting six against them in 2013.

Astros/Angels Box Score

The Astros will look to stop their three-game losing streak tomorrow as Scott Feldman takes the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston.

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