After some promising hits and bursts against the Arlington Rangers this past weekend, the Houston Astros offense yet again fell asleep tonight. Even after mustering a couple of hits in the middle of a one-run game in the ninth inning, Yuli Gurriel failed to drive in Jose Altuve from second base and tie the game.
It sure was a shame that the Astros offense could not produce tonight, as the Astros starter, Lance McCullers Jr., pitched very well against a tough Angels offense. In six full innings of work, McCullers surrendered just two earned runs and struck out six. Additionally, McCullers posted a very solid 14.29% whiff rate on the night, showing that he did have Angels hitters off balance and guessing quite a bit with has fastball and breaking pitches.
Overall, there’s really not a whole lot you can say about tonight’s game. The bullpen pitched well, McCullers was effective, but for whatever reason, the Astros offense just could not solve Andrew Heaney. Tomorrow night, the Astros will look to Gerrit Cole to once again lead the team and hope to muster just a couple of runs in support of one of the best pitchers in baseball right now.
Good night, and let’s hope tomorrow is a much better day for Houston sports.