Tyler Skaggs (0-0, -.--) vs Dallas Keuchel (0-0, -.--)
The Astros had set aside tonight to honor two of their past greats, Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman. Unfortunately their play on the field tonight was not much of a fitting tribute. Less-than-sharp pitching and less-than-great hitting combined to give the Angels a 5-1 victory. The loss drops Houston below .500 for the first time in 2014, at 2-3.
On the Mound:
*Dallas Keuchel worked through trouble at times in the first four innings, though ultimately did okay until the 5th. But trouble caught up with him then, ending his night with a 5 IP / 8 H / 4 R / 4 ER / 2 BB / 5 K line.
*Matt Albers remains untouched through three games now, allowing two hits and fanning two in two scoreless innings.
*Chad Qualls was less effective, allowing two hits and a run while striking out two in the 8th.
*Josh Fields got another 9th inning turn (though this one obviously not a save), and turned in another scoreless frame with two singles and two K's.
At the Plate:
*Not much. Dexter Fowler and Jason Castro both remained absent from the lineup, so Jose Altuve led the way again, going 1x3 with a BB, as SB, and scored Houston's only run on an Angels error.
*Jonathan Villar led off in Fowler's absence tonight, and went 1x4 with a K.
*L.J. Hoes returned to the lineup for the first time since Opening Day, going 1x3.
*And Marwin Gonzalez started at 3B in place of Matt Dominguez, going 1x3, and with an error in the field.
The 5th inning actually didn't look all that bad for Kid Keuchy, as he got both Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to strike out following a leadoff double by Collin Gowgill. But David Freese singled Gowgill home, and then Josh Hamilton followed with his second two-run homer in as many nights. That changed a 1-1 tie into a 4-1 hole that Houston would never challenge.
Man of the Match:
Jose Altuve. Hitting .375 on the young season so far.
Goat of the Game:
Dallas Keuchel. With the offense struggling, your pitchers can't make mistakes to guys like Josh Hamilton.