Apr 3, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer (39) throws the ball during the third inning against the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Twins Steal All Of The Joy; Houston Astros Lose 3-1

After a heck of a win the Houston Astros had over the Minnesota Twins Tuesday night, one would hope that momentum would carry over to yesterday afternoon’s game.

Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and the team just did not have enough to get over the hump when the times got rough toward the end of the game.

Again, it’s one game at a time with this team and one must have the utmost in patience, an important virtue.

Let’s get to it…

Things were mighty stagnant as far as converting offense throughout most of the game until the top of the 6th inning.

Joe Mauer started it off by solo homering to right-center off a Brett Oberholtzer 90 mph, two-seam fastball that didn’t seem to fool any.  Twins 1, Astros 0

At the top of the 8th, Kennys Vargas singled to center field, scoring Danny Santana and Brian DozierTwins 3, Astros 0

At the bottom of the 8th, Chris Carter kept his personal momentum going by trying to make something happen.

He singled to left, allowing Jose Altuve to score.  Twins 3, Astros 1

The Astros couldn’t get it done on their next frame, striking out, flying out and grounding out all in respective order at the bottom of the 9th.

Carter was the brilliant spot for this game, going 2-for-4 with one ribbie.  His batting average continues to be on the rise and it’s currently holding at .233.  His on-base plus slugging percentage has increased to a respectable .826.

Oberholtzer pitched solidly allowing six hits, one run, no walks, fanning four, allowing one home run in seven innings of work.  He just did not get the support that he needed to help finish them off.

The Astros take one game out of the three-game set against the Twins and now head up to Beantown for a four-game set at the historical, quaint and awe-inspiring Fenway Park.

They look to match their win total from 2013 in this next series — definitely uplifting news from last season’s performance.  Hopefully, we don’t hit the 100-loss mark this season.

Anyway, the first pitch tomorrow is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. CDT.  Scott Feldman gets the start against Allen Webster.

Go ‘Stros!

 

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