Apr 8, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) is congratulated by designated hitter Adam Lind (26) and right fielder Jose Bautista (19) after hitting a 2-run home run in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays beat the Astros 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros Unable To Connect With RISP; Lose 5-2

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.

Jose Bautista got the scoring started with a solo shot in the first inning. A Matt Dominguez sacrifice fly in the second inning tied up the game, but the Astros luck went downhill from there.

Robbie Grossman terribly misplayed a Dioner Navarro double, who got to second base thanks to a nice turf bounce. The double scored Edwin Encarnacion and gave the Blue Jays the 2-1 lead.

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.

The Good

  • 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.

The Bad

  • 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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