The Astros started the week with a 10-8 win over the White Sox and blasting five homeruns on Monday. Then the bats went silent, resulting in five straight losses. The skid came to an end yesterday when the ‘Stros got a 2-0 win over Seattle to finish out the week. Although the two wins were accomplished in different ways — there was one constant.
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Oberholtzer was on the mound for both games. Even though he had a rough outing om Monday, he kept the Astros in the game and they managed to come away with a win. Oberholtzer bounced back in a big way yesterday. His complete game shutout has to be considered one of the best starts by an Astros pitcher all season.
Not only was the shutout the first of Oberholtzer’s young career, it was the first complete game thrown by a Houston pitcher this year. Brett allowed only four hits and one walk in his 113 pitch effort. He also fanned five Mariners hitters.
Coupled with Monday’s start, Oberholtzer produced a line of 14 & 1/3 innings, 12 hits, 4 earned runs, 2 walks, and 8 strikeouts. Brett is now 4-1 for the season with a sparkling 2.79 ERA and an outstanding 1.06 WHIP. Not too bad for a guy who was only supposed to be getting a spot start so Bud Norris could be traded.