The Astros have been a nightmarish version of a choose your own adventure book. You reach the choices that say "turn to page 17 if you want to see the Astros score 7+ runs and have a below average pitching outing. Turn to page 44, if you want seven strong inning from the Astros starter and a slim chance for offense." Tonight the Astros chose door number two.
Jarred Cosart was lights out tonight, he allowed unearned run on four hits. He walked three and struck out three over seven innings. The lone run scored as a result of a fielding error by Marc Krauss at first base. Cosart struck out Victor Martinez looking, it was the first time that had happened since May 21, 2013 (against Matt Albers, Whoot). All three of Cosart's strikeouts were looking including reigning AL MVP Michael Cabrera and Austin Jackson.
Since failing to retire a second batter against the Athletics on April 18, Cosart has allowed four earned runs on 13 hits in 19 2/3 innings. He is 0-1 during that three-game stretch.
Dexter Fowler was the only Astro to reach base twice in the game, with a single and walk. The Astros only offensive threat during the game came in the eighth, it was whipped away as Jose Altuve struck out swinging on a hit-and-run. Marwin Gonzalez was thrown out at third for an inning ending double play.
George Springer moved down to the sixth hole tonight, he went 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
Anthony Bass served up a home run ball to Victor Martinez for an insurance run.
Max Scherzer was in top form, he pitched 8 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 9 SO. The Astros had no answer for the reigning Cy-Young Winner, Houston is now 4-1 against Cy-Young winners this season.