Houston Astros Get Blanked By The Tribe; Lose 2-0


The glitz and glamour of last night’s historic endeavor are gone and it was time for the Houston Astros to get back to work.

Although the memories will be long-lasting, the team had to focus on the task at hand — winning the ball game.

The offense for the Astros was near anemic against the Cleveland Indians so it’s no surprise in regard to final score of the game.

Sep 12, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (59) pitches in the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Although most of the offense was off Jose Altuve‘s unwavering talents, most of the emphasis was on the Indians’ ace Carlos Carrasco.

Carrasco pitched a beauty for the Indians completing the game and only allowing two hits, no earned runs, one walk and striking out 12 batters.

I don’t want to get all too enthusiastic for the opposing team but stellar pitching deserves to be recognized and that’s the case for the kind of night that Carrasco had.

Altuve was able to get two hits off of some his best stuff — a 91 miles-per-hour fastball and a 88 miles-per-hour slider.  Both occurred at the bottom of the 4th and 9th innings respectively.

Altuve’s hits were the only ones of the team last night…

As far as the scoring, the Indians put themselves on the board at the top of the 4th inning.  It was all Yan Gomes doing.

Gomes singled to center scoring Carlos Santana.  Gomes was able to advance to 2nd base because Dexter Fowler decided to get Santana out at home but the throw was just not enough to get there in time.  Santana had gotten on-base with a double when he was at-bat previously. Indians 1, Astros 0

At the top of the 6th inning, Gomes tripled to right scoring Michael Brantley.  Brantley had gotten on-base by bunting out to Brett Oberholtzer to which he couldn’t get him out in enough time at 1st base.  Indians 2, Astros 0

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And that was the scoring action for the night…yikes!

It’s important to note that the team was only 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

Most of that was…you guessed it, Altuve trying to make things happen.

The closest the Astros came to scoring was at the bottom of the 4th when Altuve singled, then stole 2nd base and was able to advance to 3rd because a error on the throw by Gomes.

But Chris Carter struck out and Jason Castro grounded out to Mike Aviles who made a diving catch for the ages to get Castro out at first.

Oberholtzer didn’t set the world on fire with his pitching but at least he held the Indians to two runs.

He ended up allowing seven hits, two earned runs, no walks and fanning three.

This will definitely be one of those games to forget and I’m glad it’s over.

The Astros will face the Indians for the last time this season at Minute Maid Park.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

Scott Feldman will be at the mound battling against Indians’ ace Danny Salazar.

Go ‘Stros!