Astros lose 7-3 and leave Philly without a win

The one strength of the Houston Astros entering the season was suppose to be their starting pitcher but after three games that doesn’t look like the case. Trevor Harris did a great job summing up the team’s pitchingafter the first series of the season. This was the first game that Roy Oswalt got to pitch against his former team and he just did what Astros fans used to expect from him when he was with Houston. He threw 88 pitches in six innings of work, only giving up two earned runs while striking out six.

For the Astros, Bud Norris got the start in place of J.A. Happ, who is coming back from an oblique strain. I am sure the start is not what Norris hoped for to start the season, only going four innings while giving up five runs. He struggled with the long ball today, giving up two home runs in the first inning to Ryan Howard and Ben Fransico. However, he did settle down a bit after the first inning and struck out seven while only walking one.

One bright spot on the offensive side of the ball was right fielder Hunter Pence, who went 3 for 4 and hit his first home run of the season. Another positive was to see Chris Johnson get his first multi-hit game of the season going 2 for 4. But other than that the Roy Oswalt and the Phillies pitchers kept the offense in check, only allowing the Astros to get 4 runners into scoring position. The Astros were not able to capitalize on any of them.

I am sure the Astros will be happy to be heading home as they get a day off tomorrow, however the competition doesn’t get any easier as they head to Ohio to take on the defending NL Central Champs, the Cincinnati Reds. J.A. Happ is expected to get the start on Tuesday and will hopefully be able to help get the team into the win column.

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  • Trevor Harris

    What is also comforting about Johnson is that his outs were hard hit balls. After failing to make good contact in the previous games, he was hitting ropes Sunday.

  • vida311

    When your facing Cy Young caliber pitchers 3 nights in a row, these results are reasonable. Opening day was rough. One guy blew and cost us a win.

    The next two games, our starting pitching was a letdown. Wandy is a slowstarter, and I expect Bud to have an up and down start.

    But there were some bright spots this weekend. And for a young Astros team, bright spots are really good.

    I think most of us on this board understand that patience will be a key virtue to have this year. It is good to see el Caballo and Pence swinging the bat well against these pitchers this weekend. CJ had a multi hit game this weekend. Brett Myers pitched hell of a game; it wasn’t glamorous, but he pitched out of trouble and set us up for a W. And I think the brightest spot of this weekend was the Angel. This guy can get on base. And from what I’ve heard is that his downside is his defense. Well is Angel keeps swinging, I’ll take his glove too.

    It was a rough opening day weekend. But we aren’t contenders RIGHT NOW. This team will need to play and learn how to win. We’ll need to endure some bumps in the road. So for all those bandwagon fans calling for the head of Wade and Mills, chill out. All we know is that we’re not going 162-0…we have 159 games left. I think it’s going to be alright.

    • Brandon Croce

      Yes I agree there were bright spots in this series, especially Hunter Pence and I became a fan of the Angel as well. Hopefully Angel continues playing this way and allows Barmes to become trade bait.

      It will be interesting to see how this team bounces back against the Reds, another team playing very good baseball right now.