Lucas Harrell (1-0, 2.55) v.s. Zack Greinke (1-1, 5.09)
The Astros fell behind early but fought back to make for a close game tonight, however they ultimately fell to the Brewers by a 6-5 count. The Astros fall to 6-11 and the Brewers inch closer to .500 at 8-9.
*Lucas Harrell was not sharp tonight - his line: 5.0 IP / 5 H / 5 ER / 3 BB / 1 K. He took the loss and moves to 1-1 on the year with a 3.97 ERA.
*Jed Lowrie hit his first homerun of the season tonight in the top of the 1st. Batting out of the 2 hole again, he went 2 for 5 with the HR and scored twice.
*The Astros scattered 13 hits tonight - not a bad effort at all. Unfortunately it was the pitching that really let them down again tonight, as it has at a few points during the season already.
*JD Martinez went hitless again tonight with an 0-4 outing. He was the only starter to not collect a hit tonight. He did draw a walk however and his OBP is a solid .408.
*Jose Altuve stayed hot with a 2 for 4 night, making myself and many others wonder what more he has to do to earn a spot at the top of the lineup. Jed Lowrie is well suited for the #2 hole, but with Altuve hitting as well as he has it only makes sense to move him up and give him more AB's and more chances at driving in runs.
A few choices here - had the Astros not put up a fighting chance with 3 in the top of the 7th, the turning point could have been the disaster of a 1st inning. But in the end it has to be Brandon Lyon's bottom of the 6th. Walk/Single/Wild Pitch/Hit Batter......he's lucky he escaped having only given up 1 run. In the end, that 1 run was the difference in the game though.
Man of the Match:
How about Bogey again! He was clutch tonight. A bases loaded walk in the 5th brought in a run, and a 1 out triple in the 7th drove in 2 more to make it a close game. He went 1 for 4 in the end, but also walked, scored a run and drove in 3 runs. Some guys may have had better nights on the scoreboard, but nobody was more clutch than Bogey tonight.
Goat of the Game:
Lucas Harrell put the Astros in a hole from which they would never recover with another rough outing. Close second to JD Martinez, going 0 for 4 and leaving 3 men on base.