The Astros and Rockies had a back-and-forth battle in the first game of today’s double-header. Jed Lowrie’s eighth inning error turned out to be the difference. With two outs and a runner on first, Dexter Fowler hit a grounder to shortstop. Instead of throwing to first base Lowrie elected to try and flip the ball to second base for the force play. It was a straight-up brain cramp that cost the Astros and Fernando Martinez the game.
Jordan Pacheco followed with a two-run single that broke a 7-7 tie and carried Colorado to a 9-7 win. It wasn’t the first costly error of the game either. Chris Johnson’s first inning error opened the flood gates and the Rockies took a 5-2 lead against Wandy Rodriguez and the Astros. Lowrie had homered in the top of the inning to stake Wandy to a 2-0 lead. The Astros kept battling back all day, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
The Astros get another chance tonight when Jordan Lyles takes the mound in game 2 at 7:10 CDT.