The Houston Chronicle's Astros beat writer Evan Drellich summed up today's game nicely with one tweet -
Four straight days of seven-inning outings for an Astros SP. Too bad they can't hit.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) April 13, 2014
The Astros simply couldn't do enough this series at the plate, as a result Houston dropped the two one-run games this series. If you remove the explosive fourth inning on Saturday, the Astros were .106 (10-for-94) at the plate in Arlington. Spoiling the efforts of the Scott Feldman, Jarred Cosart, and Brett Oberholtzer - each went seven innings and allowed four earned runs the entire series.
As was already said, Brett Oberholtzer went seven strong inning today - allowing one run on five hits, zero walks, and seven strikeouts. The Rangers only run came after back-to-back singles; Donnie Murphy went to first to third on Shin-Soo Choo's single and scored on a sac-fly.
Martin Perez matched Oberholtzer's effort going eight inning, allowed zero runs on five hits and 3 walks. Perez main weapon was the ground ball. The Rangers turned four twin-killings today. The Astros leadoff man reach base in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. A double play whipped away two of those baserunners, and Matty Dominguez was thrown out attempting to reach second on a hit-and-run.
The Astros head home to Houston to face the Kansas City Royals for a three game series April 15-17.
Just as a side note, if the Astros were looking for offense -
Singleton does it again. Solo homer breaks a 1-1 tie in the 6th. Now 4 HR and 15 RBI this season through 11 games.— Alex Freedman (@azfreedman) April 13, 2014