Game 13: Struggling bats can’t support Oberholtzer
The result: Rangers starter Martin Perez threw eight scoreless innings to send the Astros to their second 1-0 loss in a span of three games against Texas on Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park (story and boxscore).
The analysis: The Astros’ offensive struggles were on full display Sunday afternoon. They managed just five singles and didn’t have a runner reach second base, partly because they hit into four double plays. The only starting position players who aren’t struggling are Jose Altuve and L.J. Hoes, but pretty much everyone else is in a slump.
Porter was asked if perhaps some players would be called up from Triple-A to add some life, but he said the players who are here are the ones that have to get it done.
“The players that we have here, those are players that are going to play, and it’s going to be up to them to get it done because they’re here,” he said.
It’s particularly frustrating because the team’s starting pitching has been so good lately. Dallas Keuchel, Scott Feldman, Jarred Cosart and Brett Oberholtzer have combined to post a 1.61 ERA in the team’s last four games, with each going seven innings.
“Offensively, you have to put some runs on the board to put pressure on the other team,” Porter said.
Player of the game: Easy. Oberholtzer was terrific, allowing five hits and one run while striking out a career-high seven batters in seven innings.
Stat of the game: Oberholtzer has allowed four earned runs or less in all 13 of his Major League starts, the third-longest streak in club history.
Quote of the day: “We’re not looking for moral victories,” Porter on his team losing two of three games to the Rangers by 1-0 scores.
Other stuff: The Astros were 8-for-8 on stolen base tries before getting a pair of runners thrown out Sunday, including Matt Dominguez on a botched hit-and-run. … Oberholtzer has received two runs or less of support in all three of his starts this season. … Porter successfully challenged a call at first base in the first inning. Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo was originally called safe after a throw that pulled Jesus Guzman off first base, but the call was overturned.
Tweet of the day:
Andrew Thurman with an outstanding start for Quad Cities today… 5 ip, 4 hits, 0 BB and 5 k for the win!—
Jeff Luhnow (@jluhnow) April 13, 2014