Jul 23, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Marc Krauss (18) rounds third base on his way home to score in the eighth inning of their MLB baseball game with the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports. A

Houston Astros Fall Short Of Comeback; Lose 9-7

You know, I’m still proud of the Astros progress this season.  They’ve won 42 games and are 17 games under .500 which is more than I asked for this season. Each win I appreciate and celebrate but thank goodness this team is not on pace to lose over 100 games this season at the moment.

There’s still a lot of baseball to play but there’s hope on the horizon.

But back to reality…

After an amazing win last night over the Oakland Athletics with L.J. Hoes stealing the show at the top of the 12th, it took awhile for the Houston Astros to get some offense going.

It was all A’s until about the top of the 8th where the Astros got something going.

Jul 23, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie (8) is greeted by third base coach Mike Gallego (2) after hitting a solo home run in the second inning against the Houston Astros at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

The A’s started to build their lead with a Jed Lowrie homer at the bottom of the 2nd inning, followed by a sac fly John Jaso scoring Josh Reddick bringing their lead to 2-0.

It was then Yoenis Cespedes‘ turn to chisel away at the shutout they were putting together by hitting a homer to center scoring himself, Eric Sogard and Coco Crisp building their lead to 5-0.

In just two innings, the Astros allowed five runs and it seemed that the game was going south really quick.

Not an easy night for Brad Peacock

After several attempts to get some sort of a resemblance of an offense going, the Astros were unsuccessful and Yoenis Cespedes hit yet another home run at the bottom of the 4th to score himself and John Jaso building their lead to 7-0.

Marwin Gonzalez finally broke the seal by grounding out to first and scoring Matt Dominguez making the score 7-1.

The Astros started to lightly chip away at the lead up until a monster 8th inning where they started to make a serious charge toward getting back into the game. They were able to make things happen and load up the bases.

Chris Carter, Marc Krauss, Jon Singleton, Robbie Grossman and Enrique Hernandez all made impressive strides to help get the Astros within two runs.

A’s 9 – Astros 7 

The team started to sputter again and after a series of strikeouts, popouts and unsuccessful line drives, they could not get over the hump.

It was a collaborative effort but Jason Castro did go 2-for-5 in addition to Jose Altuve going 1-for-5. Jon Singleton and Chris Carter collected one double each with six Astros players collecting at least one RBI.  Singleton had two.

It’s tough loss but it’s on to the next one.

It’s all about the rubber against the A’s today at 2:35 p.m. CDT — Scott Feldman will be battling against Jeff Samardzija for an attempt to win the series against an excellent team.

Go ‘Stros!

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