Martin Perez absolutely dominated the Astros allowing just five hits and three walks in his eight innings of work. The Astros offense didn’t do the team any favor wasting another great pitching performance by a member of their rotation.
In the second inning, we saw the Astros hit into their five millionth double play of the season. In the third inning, Jonathan Villar walked, only to be caught stealing shortly thereafter. Matt Dominguez was caught stealing in the fifth inning after a failed hit-and-run. Another double play in the sixth, seventh, and eighth inning squandered other chances for an extended inning.
This time it was Brett Oberholtzer who receives the undeserved loss after pitching seven innings allowing just one run on five hits, while striking out seven. Jerome Williams threw a perfect eighth inning in relief. Oberholtzer’s one run came off the bat of Donnie Murphy who drove in Josh Wilson on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. Murphy replaced Elvis Andrus, after Andrus was ejected for expressing his anger at a called third strike in the third.
The Astros have now scored a whopping 10 runs in their eight losses, two of which they have put up an egg. It’s great to see the pitching perform better, but the offense has either relied on home runs or nothing.
This offense reminds me of the 2005 Astros offense. You know, the offense that somehow only got Roger Clemens 13 wins even though he had a 1.87 ERA. PATHETIC.
The Astros get their first day off of the season as they get ready to host the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.