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Astros' draft pick Keuchel shines again in CWS

Arkansas pitcher Dallas Keuchel, selected by the Astros in the seventh round of last week’s First-Year Player Draft, won his second game for the Razorbacks in the College World Series on Wednesday night.

Keuchel came on in relief for the first time in his career and threw four scoreless innings, escaping a bases-loaded jam by getting a double play in the ninth inning. Arkansas won 4-3 in 12 innings.

“I tell myself I’ve been through this before,” he said. “I didn’t want to let them go out like that. They kept swinging through the slider and missing.”

Coincidentally, Arkansas scored twice in the ninth to tie the game on a two-run homer from Brett Eibner, who was drafted by the Astros in the fourth round in 2007 but didn’t sign.

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Astros left-hander Mike Hampton, placed on the disabled list following Tuesday’s game with a strained left groin, doesn’t think the injury will keep him out more than one or two starts. He’s eligible to return from the DL on June 29.

“Hopefully, I’ll just miss two starts and this isn’t something that lingers on instead of taking a chance and trying to pitch and battling mechanics,” he said. “It [stinks] and it’s something you don’t want to do, but I’d rather get it taken care of as soon as possible.”

Make-or-break start for Backe?

With Mike Hampton going on the disabled list with a strained groin, Brandon Backe will make his first start of the season in Thursday’s series finale against the Rangers. Simply put, this could be Backe’s final chance to show the Astros he can be a capable Major League pitcher.

Backe struggled last year, going 9-14 with a 6.05 ERA in 31 starts in his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery. He led the league in earned runs (112) and home runs (36), but signed a $1.55 million contract and was competing for a spot in the rotation before missing two months when he injured a ribcage muscle in early March.

As a reliever, Backe hasn’t distinguished himself so far this season in four appearances. He’s pitched nine innings and allowed 17 hits and 12 runs while striking out 10 batters. He’s 1-2 with a 7.77 ERA in six career games (three starts) against the Rangers.

Hampton can come off the disabled list on June 29, but don’t be surprised to see the Astros reach down to Triple-A Round Rock at some point soon and summon Bud Norris. He’s 3-4 with a 2.34 ERA in 12 starts, allowing 62 hits and striking out 72 batters in 73 innings.

 

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