Well fans, there it is. "The Streak" is over. The Astros ran into the Rangers buzzsaw Ross Detwiler, and could only come up with 4 hits on the night. After all those games where it seemed they could score at will, tonight they scored one in the first inning...and that's all.
The fact the Astros were in this game at all was a testament to how good Dallas Keuchel pitched tonight. He pitched the same way he has pitched all year, which is almost perfect. Dallas pitched 8 innings, giving up five hits and one run, while striking out eight. The Rangers had lead off doubles in the 1st, 6th and 7th innings, but none of them scored.
The lone run Keuchel gave up started with a walk to former Astros farmhand Delino Deshields Jr. DDJ moved to second on a questionable play by Hank Conger. With Deshields stopped halfway to second base, Conger threw to first. The speedy Deshields easily made it to second base. He would score on a single by Jake Smolinski to tie the game at 1-1.
Chad Qualls came in to pitch the 9th inning and sticking with the theme of the night allowed a leadoff double to Adrian Beltre. After a single moved Beltre to 3rd he scored on a sacrifice fly by Robinson Chirinos to take the lead 2-1. The middle of the lineup went down in order to end the game, and the winning streak ended at 10 games.
The Astros aim to start a new streak tomorrow night, as Scott Feldman goes against former Astro Wandy Rodriguez. (Aren't we still paying that guy?)
Fun Facts (Possibly Not...)
Jake Marisnick no longer has a hitting streak going on. Ended tonight with an 0-3.
I am concerned with Keuchel's rising ERA. Two starts ago it was 0.62, and after tonight's start it has rocketed up to 0.80.
In the 1st inning, Altuve and Springer got a double steal, the 10th stolen base for each player.
Tweet Of The Night
I love that there is a Call A Mup twitter account now...or maybe it's just me that thinks it's pretty funny.