Astros option Clemens, call up lefty Oberholtzer
After watching him give up six runs in the seventh inning Friday without recording an out, the Astros optioned right-handed pitcher Paul Clemens to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday morning and called up left-hander Brett Oberholtzer.
Clemens was rocked for six runs and four hits, including two home runs, in one-third of an inning in Houston’s 12-6 loss to the Jays, who scored eight runs in the seventh. Clemens, 25, was 4-4 with a 6.36 ERA in 30 games with the Astros, allowing 52 hits in 46 2/3 innings.
This will be the third stint in the Majors this year for Oberholtzer, who is 6-6 with a 4.37 ERA in 16 starts for the RedHawks. He’s pitched 7 1/3 innings for the Astros year, allowing 11 hits and six runs. Both Oberholtzer and outfielder Robbie Grossman, who was called up after Friday’s game when J.D. Martinez went on the disabled list, were expected to be in Toronto for Saturday’s 12:07 p.m. CT game.
Houston’s bullpen has allowed at least one run in 10 consecutive games (since July 13), posting an 8.01 ERA in that span, and has given away several late leads.