The Astros had won the last two games against the Nationals entering their weekend series against the Cubs and ended up getting swept right out of Wrigley. Today’s game went to the 10th inning to decide the winner, which turned out to be the Cubs thanks to a walk-off single by Jeff Baker.
The Astros sent our rookie pitcher Jordan Lyles who had pitched a decent game but was once again denied his first major league win. Lyles gave up three runs over six innings of work, striking out five. I am sure he won’t admit it but he has to be getting frustrated not being able to get his major league win. Relief pitcher David Carpenter took the loss today, giving up the walk off hit in the 10th. After a strong start after being called up, Carpenter has given up two costly runs his last two appearances. I think he has real potential coming out of the bullpen and should turn it around soon.
The Astros actually had the lead in this one, thanks to a two run home run by Carlos Lee, giving the team a 4-3 lead. Hunter Pence broke out of a mini slump, going 1-4 with an RBI and a run scored, but could of done more damage as he was 0-3 with runners in scoring position. He had been hitless the last two games in Wrigley. Michael Bourn continues his tear and raised his batting average to .301 thanks to a 3 for 5 effort at the plate. He has been the best player over the past 10 days or so that the Astros have had and is only helping his trade value if Ed Wade decides to move him.
Clint Barmes had a good game moving up to the two hole with a 1 for 3 effort with an RBI. I can’t forget to mention Jose Altuve, who didn’t start today but did get a pinch hit and extended his hitting streak to four games. There is no rest for the Astros as they travel to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals in a four game set with J.A. Happ getting the start tomorrow.