Jordan Lyles continued to pitch effectively. In seven innings Lyles gave up two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three batters. Lyles lowered his ERA from 4.30 to 4.03 and has a 4.21 FIP on the season. Only nine months older than recently drafted Mark Appel, Lyles seems to have turned the corner as a pitcher/ We'll have to wait the entire season to make a final assessment on that statement; however, minus his May 12 start against the Oakland Athletics Lyles has pitched extremely well allowing fewer than three runs in seven of his eight starts.
Offensively, bleh! Brandon Barnes and Chris Carter were the only Astros to reach base multiple times. Barnes via two hits and Carter via a hit and two walks. Trevor Crowe drove in the first run and Jason Castro drove in the second run.
Overall this was a rather boring game. The Astros took a one-run lead early but lost it an inning later. The tied in the seventh but then lost the game, again, an inning later. There wasn't even a GIF worthy moment in the entire game. For a two-run game that's rather disappointing.
At least those of you in Houston have a nationally televised game on FOX to look forward to on Saturday night. I'll be listening to the radio broadcast as I'll be blacked out on MLB.TV (thanks Fox!). It's not all bad though, I heard that Steve Sparks gave us a shout out on the radio broadcast tonight which is awesome! <3 Sparks and look forward to listening to him and Robert Ford call the game for the Astros
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