Houston Astros Get Blanked, Embarrassed, fall 8-0
The Houston Astros continued with their 2nd game of a three-game set against the Twins today.
The Astros fought their way through to beat the Twins 5-4 yesterday. Today, however, the Astros’ fighting force was not there and it was clear by looking at the result as the Astros fell to the Twins 8-0.
Scott Feldman got the start and only lasted 1.2 innings allowing three runs, although none of them were earned. He still was productive at least with his pitch count managing to throw 58 pitches in such a short time span. He got credited with the loss because the pitching never really recovered all the way until the final out.
The Astros’ defense didn’t do their pitchers any favors either. The Astros had two errors as opposed to the Twins zero.
The most costly one was an error by Marwin Gonzalez in the 2nd Inning. That error scored Josh Willingham to start a rally that ended the inning with a score of 3-0 in favor of the Twins. In addition, Matt Dominguez had an error in the 6th Inning.
Paul Clemens came on in relief and didn’t do much better. He pitched two innings, walking five batters and allowed four runs. This put the Astros in an even further hole.
Things were quite the opposite for the Twins as Kyle Gibson breezed through the Astros’ lineup. He pitched seven innings, striking out five, while allowing only three hits and no earned runs.
The Twins’ bats were quite mighty. Danny Santana went 4-for-5 today with five RBI’s. Those ribbies were plenty of offense for the Twins to overpower the Astros.
It’s all about the rubber as the Astros look to win the series against the Twins tomorrow at 1:10 p.m. CDT — the game can be seen on CSN Houston and can also be heard via the radio on SportsTalk 790 AM.
Collin McHugh will be on the bump.