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Falling Short

The Astros have once again fallen to a one run deficit, it seems that when all hope seems lost, the Astros come back and give a fight to try to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, behind decent pitching from Lucas Harrell who is starting to gel in his spot in the rotation, the Astros started the came strong, going up on Milwaukee 1-o after a Jed Lowrie solo home run in the first inning.

The decisive run ended up scoring on a wild pitch from none other than Brandon Lyon, a pitcher who has developed a habit for angering fans and almost losing games for the Astros  intentionally, but the blame is not entirely Lyon’s fault, well, maybe 97% of it is. The other three percent falls on the sputtering offense, the Astros are still getting their offensive legs under them and are learning how to build momentum from one another and build a rally. 

The Astros went 1-9 with runners in scoring position, outside of the seventh inning where they scored three runs to cut the deficit to one, but they could not get over the hump to even the game, and out-hitting the Brewers 13-8. The Astros are still looking for the missing “piece” to their puzzle, but the piece is not a person, or a free agent, rather the missing piece is the team chemistry, the team is still fusing together in the early parts of the season, but as time goes on, look to see these Astros become winners and be spoilers as they hit their “mid-season form”. The Astros are playing hard, and still playing the best baseball in recent years, it is obvious that they are very team oriented and look to be coming together, hustling together, a great example is Jose Altuve, Brian Bogusevic, and Carlos Lee all ran down a ball in foul territory, Lee eventually caught the ball, and fired it to Jason Castro to get a double play to end an inning.

Bud Norris is slated to start the game tomorrow for the Astros, and he will be facing Randy Wolf, who is 0-2 with an 8.80 ERA, maybe the Astros can take advantage of the lowly veteran, to get the win for Bud Norris who has pitched decently for the Astros.

– Richard Perez

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