So, how about them Texans? Who wants to talk about anything else beside Chad Qualls facing the Athletics? (David Coleman whispers something) We have to? Really? (another whisper) Fine, whatever you say.
Lets talk about the positive things like Scott Feldman. Feldman allowed two earned runs over 8.1 innings, scattering seven hits, walking five, and striking out eight - including four three-up-three-down innings. The Astros veteran starter has allowed just six runs over his last three starts (22.1 innings) against Oakland.
Moving on to the offense, the A's got on the board first with back-to-back singles and sacrifice fly from Brand Moss in the third. The Astros would respond with back-to-back singles of their own in the sixth from Carlos Corporan and Jonathan Villar. Jose Altuve drove home two runs with fortieth double of the season. Scott Kazmir walked the bases load in the seventh, Robbie followed by driving home a run with a sacrifice fly to put the Astros up 3-1.
Now the ninth inning. The Astros weren't able to drive home Jonathan Villar after he singles and stole second with two outs. Scott Feldman allowed a single to Josh Donaldson to start the bottom of the inning. Adam Dunn followed with a line out. Derrick Norris singled to put runners on the corners, and Feldman was pulled. Josh Reddick greeted the Astros closer, Chad Qualls, with a double to left - tying the game at three. Jed Lowrie drove home Reddick with a single to end the game.
Chad Qualls has given up 11 earned runs over four innings against the A's this season - including three blown saves.