A pair of Jose Altuve infield hits was all the offense the Astros could muster tonight against Cleveland Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, who struck out 12 'Stros while walking one on his way to a complete game shutout. Between Kluber last night and Carrasco tonight, the Astros have struck out 26 times against the Tribe's starters over the past two games. Yuck.
It's a shame that the Astros bats decided not to show up, because Brett Oberholtzer pitched a solid game. While he only struck out three, he didn't walk anyone and only gave up two runs on seven hits. I don't know about y'all, but if the 'Stros are going to get shutout, I prefer it to happen during a blowout. The complete lack of run support for a pitcher throwing well just hurts my heart. And I know we here at TCB are too evolved to care about a pitcher's W-L record, but watching Obie drop to 5-12 on the season still isn't very fun.
Thanks to the infield hits, Altuve now has a streak of seven multi-hit games after being held hitless two nights in a row against the Angels early last week. I'll take the hits any way we can get 'em, but honestly, if Lonnie Chisenhall had charged that ball in the 4th instead of playing it on a couple bounces and if Jose Ramirez had made a clean throw to first in the ninth, the Astros would have been no-hit tonight.
Scott Feldman goes against Danny Salazar tomorrow night at Minute Maid as the Astros try to end this four game series tied at 2 games apiece.