The Astros offense couldn’t get on track today against R.A. Dickey and the Mets. The knuckleball pitcher was effectively wild, walking three and allowing only one hit in 6 & 1/3 innings. Justin Ruggiano‘s pinch-hit single in the sixth inning was the only hit Dickey allowed. Ruggiano also doubled against Ramon Ramirez in the eighth to go two-for-two, collecting half of Houston’s four hits in the game.
It was a disappointing day in all phases of the game. The Astros defense was charged with three errors and their pitching wasn’t much better. Wandy Rodriguez gave up a homerun to Ruben Tejada to lead off the game. Rodriguez threw 80 pitches and was unable to complete the fourth inning, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits and five walks.
Rhiner Cruz, Brett Myers, and Henry Sosa had encouraging outings but Sergio Escalona was lit up. In his second outing since returning from a hyper-extended elbow Escalona gave up four hits and only retired one batter. This type of outing raises concerns over whether or not the lefty is completely recovered from the injury.
Bud Norris will be on the mound when the Astros host the Nationals tomorrow at noon. The Astros hope Jed Lowrie (foot) will be able to return to action against Jordan Zimmerman and the Nats. Jordan Schafer (hand) is also progressing and hopes to be able to play by Saturday.