It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad game for the Astros on Sunday. Nothing went their way. It almost feel like that (insert favorite sport) video game that you play when absolutely everything breaks against. You must up all your skills but you get nothing in return, computer always finds a way to win. That is what it was like on Sunday in the White Sox's 6-0 win over the Astros.
Roberto Hernandez struggled against giving up five runs (four earned) over 5 2/3 innings. The Astros collected 10 hits in the game but managed to score zero runs. John Danks came into Sunday's game with 9.15 ERA in four career starts against Houston, but pitched a complete game shutout.
Example after example, the Astros shot themselves in the foot in the series finale with the White Sox. In the third, Jason Castro, Jake Marisnick, and George Springer safely reached base with a single each. Jose Altuve grounded to the second baseman, resulting in a force play and run scored as the throw from second pulled White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche off the bad. Even my phone alerts gave the Astros a run. But the play was reviewed and called a double play, take the run off the board.
In the fourth, Chris Carter hit one of the Astros four extra-base hits in the game that resulted in no runs a - double with two out. Luis Valbuena hit a ball to deep center and even flipped his bat like he got all of it but it landed quietly in Adam Eaton's glove for the third out in the inning.
The person who had the worst day of them all was Jonathan Villar. Villar blasted a ball straight at Eaton in center field. Eaton didn't read it correctly and it got over his head, he had to field on the very top of Tal's hill. Mind you there were no out, but third base coach Gary Pettis sent Villar home for the inside-the-park home run. He was out by a full stride.
Pouring salt into the wound, Jason Castro hit a popup that would have easily scored Villar in the next at-bat. Even if it hadn't, Jake Marisnick followed with a double but no one was on to drive home.
Villar's misfortune wasn't' done. In the following inning, Villar double pumped a throw and threw the ball over Chris Carter's head to allow the lead runner to get one. Which lead to a run.
Jake Buchanan came in to pitch in the seventh, he gave up a home run to LaRoche.
Villar once again was caught on the basepaths in the bottom of the seventh, attempted to score on a infield single by Jason Castro. Villar, who had hit a double, moved to third on the play and rounded for home. The White Sox easily caught him in a pickle and he was quickly dispatched.
The one bright spot of the game was Michael Feliz, who pitched the ninth inning. He allowed a leadoff double, but retired the next three batters he faced.
The Astros start a four-game series with the Orioles on Monday, Brett Oberholtzer vs. Ubaldo Jimenez at 7:10 p.m. CT.