The Houston Astros faced the Los Angeles Angels for a four game series. Los Angeles came out on top, as they found Houston’s weak spot.
Three out of four games were won by a one-run difference. Friday’s game ended 5-6 in 11 innings. Lance McCullers Jr. started on the mound and gave up three runs, two hits and no outs. He did not complete the inning as he was pulled in the first with three outs to go.
Houston’s offense tied the game in the ninth to bring on extra innings. However, the Astros went through five pitchers before handing the ball to Brooks Raley. The pitcher gave up the winning run to ensure a walk-off victory for the Angels.
Saturday was a double-header and Mike Trout, center fielder for the Angels, made history with his 300th home run in game one. Houston lost 9-10 and 6-7.
The bullpen is not great, their ERA’s are higher than normal and keep giving up hits. Left handed pitcher Brandon Bielak started for Houston throwing 3.2 innings with seven hits and four runs. Chris Devenski relieved Bielak and threw 1.1 innings with 2 hits and 2 runs, his ERA is now a 13.50.
Right hander Jose Urquidy made his first appearance this season with a start in game 3. He did well for his first outing in 2020 with 3.2 innings pitched with two strikeouts, two runs and four hits. He looked more sharp than the rest of the pen. However, Humberto Castellanos closed the game giving up three runs and taking the loss.
Sunday’s 5-9 loss
Sunday’s 5-9 loss came in the eighth inning. The Angels scored four runs to make a tied game blow open. Astros pitcher Framber Valdez threw seven innings and gave up eight runs. One wonders, is Dusty shying away from the bullpen? If so, what’s the solution when your starters are not doing good either?
Los Angeles exploited Houston’s pitching and won the series. Now, the Seattle Mariners are only three games behind Houston. The organization needs to keep winning and hold the Mariners off if they want to make the playoffs.
Playoffs are in Jeopardy
The next 11 games are on the road with the top two ball clubs, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros have been struggling on the road with a 5-13 road record, so playoffs might not be in their future.
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