It was another rough week for Houston fans as the Astros managed to win only once in six games. The one win, an 11-0 trouncing of the Orioles, was especially gratifying. But the losses were equally as painful.
Both Bo Porter and his starting pitchers get honorable mentions this week. Porter mixed and matched his starters, having to work around Erik Bedard‘s sore shoulder, the trade of Bud Norris, and a 13-inning contest that exhausted the entire bullpen and one of his starters.
Brett Oberholtzer was stellar in the Astros lone victory, tossing seven shutout innings as Wednesday’s spot starter and earning another turn in the rotation.
Jarred Cosart was brilliant… again. The rookie right-hander left Friday night’s game after seven innings with a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, the Astros bullpen couldn’t make the lead stand up and Cosart got a no-decision.
Erik Bedard came back with a nice outing on Saturday after taking a few extra days to rest his tired shoulder and Brad Peacock was outstanding on Sunday afternoon in his first appearance with the big club since being demoted to AAA in early June. Peacock suffered the loss despite allowing only three runs and striking out ten in seven solid innings of work.
Those guys were good, but another member of the team was even better.
Robbie Grossman has been on fire since his recent recall from Oklahoma City. Grossman was 11 for 22 for the week, collecting at least one hit in each of the Astros six games. Robbie also drew a couple of walks, stole a base, drove in three runs, and scored six times.
Congratulations to Robbie Grossman, the latest winner of the Star Performer of the Week Award.