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Astros 0, A's 4: Oakland Spoils Peacock's Homecoming

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Lack of timely hitting leads to second shutout of the season.

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Brad Peacock flew in from Fresno this morning (and man, were his arms tired.  I'm sorry.)  He put together a pretty good start, keeping in mind that until last night he was planning to make his second rehab start for the Grizzlies.  Instead, due to the events of last nights game, here he was facing the A's in his season debut.  For the situation, he did not pitch poorly.  He threw five innings, and looked as sharp as a guy who should have been making a rehab start.  Oakland is known for taking pitches, and Peacock worked a lot of deep counts as he at times struggled with his control.  But even with all the deep counts, he only walked two batters.

The number one pest, Sam Fuld, doubled to start the game, and eventually came home later in the inning on a Ben Zobrist sacrifice fly to open the scoring.  Ended up that is all they would need, but they got greedy and tacked on two more runs in the sixth.  Peacock walked Zobrist, and he scored from first on a Billy Butler double.  Butler would later come home on a single by Stephen Vogt to make the score 3-0.  They would score one more run off of Samuel Deduno, who pitched the 9th inning.

The bats were working better this evening until it really counted.  The team ended up with 8 hits (including two from Luis Valbuena, who looks to be heating up).  They also had 4 walks.  They had runners on base in 8 of the 9 innings.  They had 2 runners on in 5 of those 8 innings.  They were just never able to get that timely hit tonight to bring in any runs.  In what seems to be a recurring theme, they had a lot of hard hit balls that were either hit right at someone, or someone made a good play to keep them off the scoreboard.

Tomorrow night Collin McHugh takes the mound to try and salvage one win in the series.  He will be facing Drew Pomeranz.  First pitch somewhere in the neighborhood of 7pm.

FUN FACTS

Evan Gattis is on a 2 game hitting streak.

The team BABIP is a whopping .236

Was anyone else doing their tax return while watching the game?  Just me?

TWEET OF THE NIGHT

I just said that...