Man that was frustrating.
We finally get a good start from Drew Hutchison. 6 innings, just 2 earned, a run in his first inning and a run in his last inning. Inbetween, 4 scoreless innings with only 2 hits and no walks. In total 5 hits, 1 walks and 9 strikeouts. He looked very good.
Unfortunately, Aaron Loup didn't do good. He came in and gave up a single, a walk and back-to-back doubles. He was unlucky on the hits, the walk was a bad one.
Roberto Osuna came in with the runner on second and got Jake Marisnick to fly out to center. Jonathan Villar tagged up and Pillar surprised me by almost throwing him out. They intentionally walked Jose Altuve. I'm not a big fan of intentional walks but that likely wasn't a bad idea. Altuve immediately tried to steal second, Thole made a great throw but Ryan Goins didn't make a great catch. He thought he did. He thought he made the catch and figured he made the tag, getting the out. He even went to show the umpire the ball in his glove. But it wasn't in his glove. And, while he was showing the ump the empty glove, the runner on third scored.
We went from up 4-2 to down 6-4 in the blink of a eye.
Delabar walked three batters in the 8th, but got out of the inning on a pair of strikeouts and ground ball hit at Devon Travis with the infield in. If Delabar wants to stay with the team, he can't be walking so many.
We had a really good start to the game, offensively. Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion each crushed a home run. We scored 1 home in the 3rd, Ezequiel Carrero walked (very nice job) and Devon Travis doubled to right. Then, in the 7th, we loaded the bases and Carrera hit a sac fly, just deep enough to bring home Kevin Pillar.
Unfortunately we couldn't get runs off Astros relievers Pat Neshek and Roberto Hernandez in the 8th and 9th respectively, when we needed a comeback.
The rant is going to be about why Gibby let Ryan Goins bat in the bottom of the 9th, with 2 outs, I just don't understand. There is a stupidity in baseball that says you don't pinch hit to get someone on base, only to drive people home. Goins gets on base worse than almost any batter in the MLB, you have to try someone that could get on base. I would have rather had someone bat for Goins and leave Carrera in the game to hit for himself. Gibby went the other way,
Jays of the Day are Hutchison (.127 WPA) and Colabello (.105, off a 2 for 4 with a double, that came within about a foot of being an opposite field home run).
Suckage goes to Loup (-.645, hardly fair, but then baseball isn't fair) and Goins (-.136, without counting the dropped throw from Thole. Speaking of baseball not being fair, Thole made a terrific throw to second, Goins misses it, but Tholes gets the error).
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