The Houston Astros ball club lose their eight-game win streak and fall to a series sweep by the Padres.
Watching the series, one can gather that two of these three games came down to pitching. The Padres bullpen did not disappoint, where as Houston still has not found the groove within the pen.
Fridays showdown ended 3-4 with a small rally in the seventh. Kyle Tucker’s line drive scored Jose Altuve, but the rally ended there to come just shy of winning.
Right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. started and threw 5 innings and the Padres starter, Garrett Richards only threw two. During, McCullers Jr. outing he racked up seven hits and four runs. Flashback to 2017, he started off rocky and became a key component to the Astros playoff starting roster. I wonder after the injury, does he need more time to adjust?
Saturdays starter was right-handed pitcher Brandon Bielak. With just 1.1 innings he accumulated five hits and seven runs. The rest of the bullpen fell short and added six more runs. Bielak takes the 2-13 loss.
San Diego pitcher Zach Davies threw 8 complete innings managing only four hits and two runs.
Sundays game did not get better with a 3-5 loss. The first inning gave people hope that the explosive offense had returned with a three-run inning. However, the rest of the game was a field day for the Padres.
Big hitter Yordan Alverez is out for the season and no word on Justin Verlander since the media said he is out for the season. However, Verlander clapped back saying he just needed some rest. Well, how much rest? It will be interesting to see how this season plays out.
(Photo Credit: Lance McCullers Jr. / 2020 Associated Press.)