Two Astros relievers gave up home runs to Rougned Odor as a one-run lead turned into a 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros spent four of their eight picks on the second day of the MLB Draft on collegiate pitchers, beginning with Grayson County College righthander Tyler Ivey, a transfer from Texas A&M, in the third round.
As Odor goes, so go the Rangers.
Although the Astros used five pitchers to record 16 strikeouts against the Rangers on Tuesday, Texas second baseman Rougned Odor powered home runs in back-to-back innings, boosting the Rangers to their fifth straight road win, 4-2, against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.
The second day of the MLB Draft saw the Astros stockpile college arms, which director of scouting and player development Mike Elias said wasn't a surprise considering this year's Draft featured a deep college pitching class.
Iowa first baseman Jake Adams hit a mammoth home run in the NCAA Regional in Houston two weeks ago that traveled so far, no one in the press box could tell where it landed. The Astros hope he gets a chance to hit a few more tape-measure home runs in Houston in the coming years.
Opportunity will knock for Houston Astros right-hander Francis Martes on Wednesday night despite the fact that he is not quite ready for the moment.
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