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Game No. 20 Preview: Houston Astros at San Diego Padres

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Astros look for their fifth-straight win, facing Tyson Ross and the Padres.

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Houston Astros (12-7) at San Diego Padres (11-10), 9:10 p.m. (CST)

TV: Roots Sports SW, MLB.TV 
Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
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Pitching matchup

RHP Roberto Hernadez (0-2, 3.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) vs. RHP Tyson Ross (1-1, 3.97 ERA, 1.68 WHIP)

Preview

Once again the 2015 Astros responded when their opponent tied or took the lead late in a game. Monday, the Astros exploded for five runs in the eighth and ninth inning after James Shields left the game. It's been a trend this season, the Astros highest RBI totals per inning have been in the seventh (10) and eighth inning (11).

After finding a way to scrap out a win against Shields, Houston faces Tyson Ross. Ross has given up 10 runs in 22 2/3 innings this season. He has also struck out 28 batters but he has walked 16 in the same stretch. Ross has been dominate but wild.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. TYSON ROSS
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.667 1.000
4 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500
4 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000

Roberto Hernadez hopes to continue his serviceable work for the Astros.  Herandez has posted back-to-back quality starts coming into today's game. He has walked just two batters in those two starts, while striking out eight.

SAN DIEGO PADRES CAREER STATISTICS VS. ROBERTO HERNANDEZ
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
5 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 0.800 0.800 1.400 2.200
19 4 1 0 0 1 3 4 0.211 0.318 0.263 0.581
3 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.667 0.667 0.667 1.333
5 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0.400 0.400 1.000 1.400
3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.333 0.500 0.333 0.833
2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
7 1 1 0 0 3 2 3 0.143 0.333 0.286 0.619
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
8 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.200 0.000 0.200

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