The Houston Astros were able to get on base against a struggling Mark Buehrle, but weren’t able to capitalize with runners in scoring position. A Melky Cabrera two-run home run in the seventh inning gave the Blue Jays the 5-2 lead and ultimately the win.
After Cabrera’s 7th inning home run, the Astros had two on and one out for pinch-hitter Dexter Fowler. Fowler hit a comebacker to Brett Cecil who fired home to get the out. Bo Porter challenged the call but the ruling on the field was upheld. It appeared on replay that Navarro blocked the plate according to the new rules, but the umpires in New York and on the field didn’t see it that way.
That at-bat as well as several other at-bats were prime examples of the Astros not bringing home runners who were in scoring position. The Astros left 10 men on base and were 0-14 with RISP. You’re not going to win any games with those stats.
Brett Oberholtzer labored threw 5.1 innings allowing 3 hits, 3 walks, and 3 runs while striking out 1. Josh Zeid, who replaced Matt Albers (paternity leave), had a key pickoff of Jose Bautista on second base, before allowing an RBI double to Navarro. Kevin Chapman struggled again allowing a home run to Cabrera, though he did strike out the side. Josh Fields finished the game with a scoreless frame.
- Dexter Fowler – He was able to get an at-bat which is the good news. The stomach bug is mostly out of the way and it’s possible we see him in the lineup tomorrow.
- Jose Altuve – 3/5, 1 RBI
- Chris Carter – 2/4, 2 doubles. Good to see him making hard contact.
- Jesus Guzman – Getting a start in the three hole didn’t appear to work. He came to the plate three straight times with a runner and scoring position and one out and struck out all three times.
- Robbie Grossman – An 0-3 night gives him zero hits in his last 21 at-bats.
- Kevin Chapman – Three straight appearances allowing at least one run.
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