Saturday, June 21, 2014

From the Office of the County Clerk - G76: Astros @ Rays

Jake Buchanan (0-0, -.--) vs Jake Odorizzi (2-7, 4.73)

Straight dominated. Memorable day for Houston's latest rookie debut, Jake Buchanan, but unfortunately the debut didn't go as he or anyone else with the Astros would have liked. Only Jose Altuve stood between Houston and getting no-hit, and the Rays ruled this one from start to finish, winning 8-0. The Astros fall to 9-10 in June and 33-43 overall.

On the Mound:

*The Rays welcomed Jake Buchanan to the big leagues rather rudely, with four hits leading to two runs before he recorded a second out. He managed to keep Houston in the game well enough after that, until the wheels came off again in the 5th. The final tally for Buchanan's debut: 4.1 IP / 8 H / 5 R / 5 ER / 3 BB / 0 K / 1 HPB.

*Needing a long reliever following Buchanan's short start, Jerome Williams got the call and handled the rest of the game for Houston. He allowed one inherited runner to score in the 5th, then kept Tampa Bay off the board again until the 8th, when wildness led to three more Rays runs. Williams' line in the piggyback role this afternoon: 3.2 IP / 3 H / 3 R / 3 ER / 2 BB / 3 K / 1 WP / 1 HBP.

At the Plate:

*Jose Altuve leads the Major Leagues in hits, and he was the only man who managed a hit off of Jake Odorizzi this afternoon. With one out in the 4th inning, Altuve singled off of Odorizzi's heel. He moved up to second when George Springer followed with a walk, but that's as far as any Astro made it on the bases today. Altuve later added a walk of his own and finished 1x3.

Turning Point:

After the Astros went down in order in the first (including a replay reviewed trap play on the third out), Jake Buchanan faced his first big league hitter, and got Desmond Jennings to ground out. But then Ben Zobrist singled. Kevin Kiermaier doubled, and the Rays got on the board. Evan Longoria singled. Then James Loney singled, Kiermaier scored, and it was all downhill for Houston after that.

Man of the Match:

Jose Altuve.

Goat of the Game:

Not gonna pick on Jake Buchanan in his debut, so All The Bats. Again.