One day after the Astros got back in the win column, the offense gets shut down in a 5-0 loss to the Florida Marlins. The Astros were held to three hits and Hunter Pence saw his 11 game hit streak snapped. Marlin’s pitcher Brad Hand was dealing and got his first major league win, after starting 0-3, throwing 7.0 innings of shutout ball, striking out four and giving up only two hits.
The Astros offense was only able to muster three singles, coming from Angel Sanchez, Carlos Lee and Clint Barmes. It was another tough night for starting pitcher J.A. Happ who only went 5.2 innings, giving up all five runs and walking seven but striking out eight. J.A. Happ has now falled to 3-11, which ties him for the major league lead in losses by a starting pitcher.
It seems like the little momentum the Astros had built after the team meeting and win in Pittsburgh was left in the Steel City as the Astros played like the team we have come to know in 2011.