The Astros are a different team, or at least they are playing like a different team from earlier this season. The April version of the Astros had a few calling cards - low run totals, errors in the field, and the bullpen wasting strong starting pitching. This version hasn't been seen around these parts over the last twenty days or so. But, it reappeared on Tuesday in the desert.
Brad Peacock was solid today, holding the Diamondbacks to three hits over six innings. He allowed one run the game, Paul Goldschmidt deposited a Peacock fastball into the pool beyond the right field fence. An event that can happen to the best pitchers. Josh Fields replaced Peacock in the seventh, and proceeded to give up a triple to Martin Prado. The Diamondbacks took the lead with an Aaron Hill sac fly. Arizona was gifted an extra out in the inning after a Jonathan Villar's error allowed Ender Inciarte to reach base. Ender would later score on a pinch-hit Cody Ross double. Kyle Farnsworth allowed the D-Backs' forth run as a result of doubles from Goldschmidt and Hill.
The Astros were foiled by the lead singer of Nickelback today...er I mean Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo held the Astros to one run over seven innings - six hits allowed, two walks, and five strikeouts. The Astros' score came as a result of a lead-off double from Jon Singleton and Matt Dominguez single. The Astros were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left five runners on base.
The old tune of no runs, errors, and bullpen runs equaled a loss for the Astros. But, Houston has a chance for redemption against the Diamondbacks. The Astros start another two-game series against Arizona this time in Houston.