The Houston Astros night can be summed up in one play. In the fourth inning, Brian McCann got all of a Derek Holland pitch and sent to right-center field. White Sox centerfielder Adam Engel raced back to make a play on the ball. Engel perfectly timed his jump and snagged the ball a good foot above the yellow to rob a home run.
Sure, the home run would have only cut the White Sox lead to 6-4 and the White Sox ended up winning 8-5 anyway. But the breaks weren’t coming for the Astros.
There were a few positives for the Astros, Alex Bregman extended his extra-base hit streak to nine games with a base-clearing triple. Marwin Gonzalez gunned down a runner a the plate in the seventh inning with an excellent throw. Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel hit solo shots in the seventh inning.
But the main story besides the robbery and Astros hits was Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel struggled, struggled mightily. Kuechel gave up crooked numbers in three of the four innings he pitched. Keuchel gave up eight earned runs on 10 hits over four innings.
Since the All-Star Break, Keuchel has been 0-2 with a 10.50 ERA in three starts.