Coming into Sunday’s afternoon game in Kansas City, Astros’ starter Doug Fister had sported a nifty 3.21 ERA. But despite walking none and striking out six, he got done in by three home runs, earning the loss.
Fister actually pitched quite well, keeping Royals hitters off balance for most of the evening. He sprinkled eight hits in total, all of them singles...besides the home runs. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln...
For the enemy Royals, starter Ian Kennedy dominated the Astros, striking out eleven and uncharacteristically only walking one. His one earned run was from a solo shot in the sixth by catcher Evan Gattis.
The Royals allowed only three other hits, rinky-dinky donks by George Springer, Jose Altuve, and another single by Gattis. In all, the Astros bats quietly made up for the 26 runs they scored in the previous two games.
But enough about Sunday’s game. Let’s talk about Friday and Saturday again. Here are the win probability charts for those games.
All right, sanity restored. During Sunday’s game, wunderkind first baseman A.J. Reed earned his first golden sombrero of his young career.
The Astros sit in 2nd place in the division at 39-37. Their next game will be Monday at practically stinking midnight, as they kick off a three game series against the scuffling Angels, who are 3-7 in their last 10 games and last in the division.