Astros lose rubber match to Angels

Astros lose rubber match to Angels
September 15, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Bo Porter after Sunday's loss to Angels

After winning four straight games the Astros have lost two in a row, falling 2-1 to the Angels on Sunday in the rubber game at Minute Maid Park. The Astros’ only run was a second-inning home run from Marc Krauss. The Astros managed only seven hits and couldn’t take advantage of a strong starting performance from Paul Clemens.

STARTING PITCHING

Clemens (4-5) was solid in his seven innings, allowing only two runs and six hits with two strikeouts and one walk. The right-hander didn’t have any stressful innings. Of his 88 pitches, 55 were strikes.

Aside from giving up a home run to Krauss, Jerome Williams (8-10) was pretty dominant, allowing only five hits in seven innings. The right-hander didn’t allow a walk and struck out three.

IN THE BULLPEN

Kevin Chapman pitched a scoreless eighth inning in relief of Clemens and got the first batter out in the ninth before being relieved by Chia-Jen Lo, who retired the two batters he faced.

Dane De La Rose relieved Williams to start the eight and De La Rose did not retire any of his two batters. Brandon Barnes singled for his second hit and Jonathan Villar walked. Ernesto Frieri relieved De La Rosa and struck out Trevor Crowe and Brett Wallace to end the eighth with runners at second and third. Frieri picked up his 34th save, striking out four in two innings while allowing only one hit.

AT THE PLATE

Krauss’ fourth home run of the season to right field in the second inning tied the game 1-1. Barnes had a team-high two hits while Jose Altuve got his 27th hit of September. Matt Dominguez led off the ninth with a single to right field off Frieri in a 12-pitch at-bat. Pinch hitter Brandon Laird struck out to end the game with pinch runner Jimmy Paredes stranded at first base.

Josh Hamilton tripled high atop Tal’s Hill in deep center in the first inning to score Mike Trout from second base. After walking for the 100th time this season, Trout stole second base. Trout walked six times in the three-game series. Trout is the first American League player ever to have at least 70 extra-base hits, 100 walks and 30 stolen bases in a single season.

IN THE FIELD

The Astros turned a nifty 7-6-3 double play in the fifth inning to double up Hank Conger at first base. Erick Aybar scored from third base on the play, Andrew Romine’s sacrifice fly to put the Angels ahead 2-1. Villar took Krauss’ throw from left field and completed the double play with a throw to Chris Carter at first base. Villar started a 6-4-3 double play in the sixth inning with Trout the batter and Howie Kendrick the runner.

UP NEXT

The Astros will start a three-game home series with Cincinnati on Monday. All three games begin at 7:10 p.m. The Astros rotation respectively is LHP Erik Bedard (4-10, 4.47 ERA), RHP Jordan Lyles (7-7, 4.92 ERA) and RHP Brad Peacock (5-5, 5.27 ERA). The Reds have not announced their starting pitcher on Monday. On Tuesday, RHP Mike Leake (13-6, 3.35 ERA) will start for the Reds. On Wednesday the Reds will start RHP Mat Latos (14-6, 3.14 ERA) against Peacock.