The Houston Astros scored four runs in the first inning and everything went downhill from thereas the Reds scored 12 straight runs to win 12-4. The Astros started strong as Brett Wallace got the first run across for the Astros on a walk with the bases loaded followed by base hits by Chris Johnson and J.R. Towles. The Astros batted around their lineup, getting 10 batters up to the plate but then Edinson Volquez and the rest of the Reds pitchers silenced the Astros’ bats.
Nelson Figueroa got the start and didn’t fair much better than any of the other Astros’ starting pitchers this season as he gave up 10 runs, six of them earned, in 5 1/3 innings of work. Enerio Del Rosario gave up the other two runs in the eighth inning.
The other big storyline from this game was the team’s defense or lack their of as they had five errors in this game. Nelson Figueroa had one of the five errors and then J.R. Towles had a weird play where he tried to throw down to third on a double steal but ended up hitting the batter’s bat sending the ball into the stands bringing across a run.
Brett Myers gets the start tomorrow in an afternoon matchup with the Reds as they try to get their first win and give the Reds their first lose.