The Astros have been a broken record, it hasn't mattered if George Springer is on the roster or not. Houston's pitching has done enough to win games, the offense has not. Plain and simple.
The Good - Marwin Gonzalez account for the Astros' only run, tomahawking a high fastball over the right field fence. No doubt the power of the high socks he wore today, or at least that's what I tell myself. George Springer had a nice diving catch in the first inning going to foul territory. Springer also reached base twice as the result of Oakland fielding errors, his speed is already paying dividends as fielders rush to make plays. Dexter Fowler continues to be big at the top of the lineup, going one for 1-for-2 with two walks.
Brad Peacock and Jerome Williams were sold in the closest thing we will see to tandem pitching in the majors. Peacock went five inning in his first start since joining the rotation - striking out four and walking three. Williams gave up one earned run over three innings of work.
The Bad - Jason Castro and Marc Krauss both left four runs on base today. In total, 3-4-5 hitters left 10 runners on base. As a team the Astros batted .151 (5-for-33). Jonathan Villar was 0-for-4 with a strike out.
On to the next series, the Astros head north to Seattle for a three game set starting Monday. I'm off to go drown my sorrows and watch some playoff basketball with Rockets.