After whirlwind, Gonzalez pitches Sunday

After whirlwind, Gonzalez pitches Sunday
May 12, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Porter impressed with Gonzalez's outing

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The last 24 hours has been a whirlwind for reliever Edgar Gonzalez.

After being designated for assignment and opting to be released, he was in Buffalo when the Astros called to send him Saturday night to Oklahoma City.

"I flew (to Houston) Saturday night, I was going to get my car to go to Oklahoma,” Gonzalez said after Sunday’s 12-7 loss to Texas. “Last night I got here at 12:40, and then this morning I was so happy when I heard I was called up.”

Gonzalez had little time to get used to the situation. Jordan Lyles was roughed up and knocked out of the game after four innings. Bo Porter called on Gonzalez to work eat up some innings.

“Gonzalez did a great job, more so because he saved the rest of our bullpen,” Porter said. “Gonzalez's effort allowed us to not get anybody else up, and put us in a good situation for the Detroit series where our bullpen is pretty much intact.”

Gonzalez got roughed up in the first inning, giving up four runs in before he got his second out, but he settled down and retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced.

“That first inning I said I was just going to throw strikes because of the score (Texas led 8-0 when he entered the game) but they swing at every pitch,” Gonzalez said. “But after that I said I’m just throw like that, throw it right on the corners.”