Nasty Odor continues to plague Astros
(c) Associated Press
The Rangers are clearly inside the Astos collective head. Saturday's 12-4 loss in Arlington was Houston's 13th in 15 meetings with the in-state rival this season. Inexplicably, the team whose roster is filled with young, athletic baseball players cannot find a way to compete with a squad that employs a station-to-station, wait for a 3-run homer style of play.
The 'Stros appeared to bring a certain swagger with them to The Broilpark Saturday afternoon, but that air of confidence disappeared by the middle innings. A trio of second inning singles gave the Astros a 1-0 lead before Adrian Beltre's home run to straight-away center in the bottom of the inning tied the score.
A 2-run single by Mitch Moreland gave Arlington a 3-1 lead in the fourth. The Rangers added two more in the fifth on a home run by Nomar Mazarra and Houston starter Joe Musgrove was unable to get out of the inning.
A solo homer by Evan Gattis in the sixth cut the lead to 5-2, but that was as close as the Astros would get.
Tony Sipp came out of the Astros bullpen to pitch the seventh inning and ended up walking the only batter he faced. Some would consider that a moral victory for Sipp for the simple fact that he didn't cough up a home run. But Pat Neshek and Will Harris didn't fare any better and the Rangers added two runs in the inning.
With the game already out of hand, Brady Rodgers took the mound for Houston in the eighth. Brady's big league debut quickly turned into a nightmare as the Rangers racked up five runs on five hits before the 25-year old could get out of the inning.
Jake Marisnick's 2-run homer in the ninth made the score look closer than it actually was. And, to add injury to insult, Jose Altuve came up limping after hitting into a game-ending double-play. Altuve is now listed as day-to-day with a sore right calf muscle.
- Greg Thurston