Last week’s successful homestand had Astros fans excited about their young team. The Astros pulled to within one game of the .500 mark with Friday’s win in L.A. but have since dropped four straight road games. Michael Cuddyer hit a first inning grand slam off Lucas Harrell in tonight’s game and the Astros are closing in on their first five game losing streak of the season.
The Astros simply aren’t a good road team and the Memorial Day double-header in Colorado provided plenty of evidence to support that fact. Houston committed five errors in the twinbill resulting in a total of six unearned runs. Brian Bogusevic was unable to keep Dexter Fowler‘s extra-inning drive from rolling all the way to the wall, giving the Rockies a two game sweep. The Astros are now 0-6 in extra-inning games this season.
Colorado came into the series with eight losses in their last ten games and an overall record 12 games below .500. The Astros took two of three from the Rockies at Minute Maid Park to open the season. Colorado is not a good team, and although the Astros have battled back repeatedly they are making too many mistakes to beat them. As I write this they have come back against rookie left-hander Christian Friedrich to tie the game at five. Now we sit back and wait for the mistakes to start piling up.
In other news, the Rockies have designated Jamie Moyer for assignment. Earlier this season the 49 year-old lefty became the oldest pitcher to win a game in MLB history. Colorado called up RHP Carlos Torres to take Moyer’s spot in the rotation.