Apr 15, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro reacts after striking out during the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros blanked 8-0; marring Buchanan's debut

It’s always exciting when a Houston Astros prospect makes his major league debut. It’s usually the beginning of what we hope will be a long and fruitful career.

Yesterday was the debut of Jake Buchanan.

Photo Credit: Tammy Tucker

Photo Credit: Tammy Tucker

He looked shaky from the get-go, giving up two runs in the first and tiptoeing around danger in the following couple innings. There really wasn’t an inning that was easy for the youngster in his debut, as he had to make a habit of tiptoeing. He surrendered another two runs in the fifth, leading to an early exit.

The Rays hit Buchanan hard. Not to mention his control was uncharacteristically lacking as well. He walked three and hit one in 4.1 innings. In Triple-A, he had only walked ten and hit two in 76.1 innings pitched. It’s safe to say his nerves were jangling.

However, the main problem for Buchanan was his offensive support, or lack thereof. The Astros only managed one hit through six innings. Naturally, it was Jose Altuve. He also had a walk and so did Springer, but through six, that was the extent of their offense. They looked downright lost. Jason Castro didn’t help yet again, as he put up his second straight three-strikeout game.

Jerome Williams continued the embarrassment in the 8th. After a decently solid three innings, he reverted back to his old ways, giving up a single that Springer lost in the lights, and then two consecutive walks to load the bases. A quick wild pitch gave the Rays another, then a hit batsman loaded the bases again.

After a rare strikeout, Williams gave up another single to stretch the lead to 8-0.

If the only thing keeping WIlliams around is his stamina, surely there is a better option.

Jake Odorizzi went 7.1 innings, striking out 10 Astros and only allowing three base runners in that span.

I think we can all safely agree that the Astros are a better team then what just displayed yesterday.

The arrival of Domingo Santana has to be merely weeks away.With Alex Presley and Robbie Grossman both sputtering as the left fielder platoon, it only makes sense that Santana is on the brink of being our everyday starter.

He’s hitting .298 with 11 home runs and 46 RBI’s in Triple-A. That .298 average is much higher than anyone would have expected, as his batting for average potential was questionable, with his power being his main calling card.

Calling him up would hopefully provide the spark that Springer and Singleton did, a spark the Astros need.

The Astros look to split the series with the Rays today. The first pitch is scheduled for 12:40 p.m. CDT — Dallas Keuchel will get the start.

 

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