We didn't win the big moments in this game. We made some mistakes. We lost some at-bats that we were working to try to get, and they executed when they had the biggest at-bat of their night a couple of times. Tough games to lose. Definitely a winnable game.
*The Chron's Mark Eisenhauer:
...The Astros looked off, like a cast mixed with understudies. Clutch hits eluded them. Fielding miscues cost them a lead. A depleted bullpen lost them the game...
*Charlie Morton threw well, going 7IP, 7H/3ER, 7K:2BB. He held the Blue Jays to 1x10 w/RISP by himself. Morton's five starts since the All-Star Break: 31.2IP, 21H/13ER, 36K:11BB. 3.69 ERA / 1.01 WHIP.
*The bullpen was shaky. Chris Devenski - who looks straight up gassed - walked both batters he faced and threw a wild pitch, which Giles cleaned up. Giles got four outs with a hit mixed in there, but no runs allowed. Francisco Liriano faced four batters, got two out, but walked one and allowed the hit that would score the go-ahead run on a close play at the plate made close by Derek Fisher's off-line throw from left field. Ryan Goins, who was hitting .184 against LHPs this season and subsequently knocked in Refsnyder in the top of the 10th, said of Liriano:
That's one guy when he was here I told him I never wanted to face him...I won this time, but that's one guy - he's nasty. His numbers say what they are, but he's one of the nastiest guys in the league.
*Francisco Liriano has faced seven batters in two games. Four of them have reached base, two of them have scored. Nasty.
*Chris Devenski, post-ASG: 8.2IP, 6H/3ER, 6K:3BB. 3.12 ERA / 1.04 WHIP. Hinch:
He's got to push through some things, but he can handle it. He's a tough kid and will push through some of this.
*The offense got five hits, including Josh Reddick's two-run home run in the 1st inning. Toronto was 2x15 w/RISP.
*Let's just say the Astros finish the regular season 26-26, and end up with a 96-66 record (which would, to be honest, be disappointing). Here's what would have to happen in order for the Astros not to make the postseason:
*Evan Gattis was placed on the 7-Day concussion DL. Juan Centeno was brought up from Fresno. Garrett Stubbs was promoted to Fresno.
*J.D. Davis made his major-league debut and went 1x4 with three strikeouts. He also committed a mental error by throwing to 1st with runners at 1st/3rd with one out, instead of going for the inning-ending double play. Davis:
I wasn't really expecting to be called up in August, or at least early August. It was an awesome feeling. We had a team meeting and they told Juan [Centeno] he was going up and I was joining right behind him. It was pretty exciting, and I'm happy.
*The Astros are 11-11 when Jose Altuve doesn't get a hit. Has Altuve even peaked at the plate yet?
*J.B. Bukauskas will head to Tri-City for the final three weeks of the season.
*Jeff Bagwell was at Minute Maid Park for the final stop on his Hall of Fame tour.
*Check out this Bagwell/Biggio mural.
*In a blatant attempt to win the heart of Shohei Otani, the Rangers took out an ad in a Japanese newspaper thanking Yu Darvish.
*Felix Hernandez still isn't right.
*TFW you read the headline and think, "Matt Cain is still playing?"
*The Masochist's Marathon. There is a documentary on Netflix about the Barkley Marathons that is absolutely worth your time.
*My favorite soccer team - Leeds United - begins their season today. The following does not feature Leeds United, but it is incredible:
The best goal you'll see on Twitter today. pic.twitter.com/CUkS4y1cQk— Classic Goals (@ClassicGoaIs) August 6, 2017