Despite a 9th inning rally where they batted around, the Astros fell in game one to Colorado at Coors field tonight. The Astros got plenty of hits, but couldn’t string them together into scores and Brett Myers had some major struggles at the mound combining for a disappointing loss.
The first inning all but shut the door to hope when the Rockies batted around racking up 6 runs against Myers. After a second inning homer by Carlos Gonzalez putting the lead at 7, Myers finally settled in and started pitching more like himself. He then put away 10 of the next 13 batters. Unfortunately, it would be too little too late.
Too little too late was a theme last night. The bats were alive for Houston, out hitting Colorado 15 to 11, but the timing of the those hits didn’t allow them to be as productive as the Rockies’ were. The entire starting lineup, except for new Astro, Jordan Schafer, managed hits and the team would bat the full order in a ninth inning surge that made us all wonder if they could somehow pull this one out.
Brian Bogusevic was a standout at the plate. He was 4-3 with 1 run, 1 RBI and a walk. He was a triple shy of a cycle last night as once again he managed a single, double and home run in the same game. This kid just keeps looking better and better. Between the rocket arm that can throw a strike from right field to the hitting bonanaza he’s been having, it seems there was a gem hiding behind that previous right fielder. Word is Mills is planning on platooning him with Jason Michaels and JB Shuck and I’m not sure I agree with that when he’s this hot. I’d like to see him get starting play time on most days.
As for other batting standouts, no one will be surprised that Jose Altuve, Jimmy Paredes, and JD Martinez all landed doubles last night as well. And Matt Downs hit an eye-opening 3 run homer in the ninth. 2-9 with runners in scoring position is not the worst they’ve done this season, but it’s not the best either. If these guys can just find a way to make all those hits mean something, they will win more ballgames and possible catch those Baltimore Orioles.
They’ve got two more chance in Colorado to see if they can put it all together. Tonight we’ll see Studly, Cudly, Budly Norris take the mound. His 6-8 record belies his 3.61 ERA. If the Bud we all adore comes out to play tonight and the Astros’ bats are as hot as last night, we stand a chance in this series. Maybe we can catch at least one Rocky Mountain High while in Colorado!
Terri Schlather (AGirlintheSouth) is the Senior Houston Astros Writer for Aerys Sports. You can read her Astros blog at www.talesfromthejuicebox.com, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her on twitter @agirlinthesouth.