Keuchel pitches well in second start

Keuchel pitches well in second start
May 15, 2013, 7:45 pm
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Keuchel on his outing against the Tigers

In his first road start of the season, Dallas Keuchel continued to show why he was moved into the starting rotation. He provided 5 2/3 innings of solid work, allowing seven hits and four earned runs in a no decision.

The Astros defeated the Tigers 7-5 on Wednesday, giving them their first win of the season against Detroit. Wednesday was their final meeting this season.

“I felt good out there.” Keuchel said after Wednesday's game. “Anytime you can go out against this lineup and do well, it's a job well done.”

Despite making his pitches, the Tigers found ways to capitalize on the Astros mistakes early. In the second inning, Marwin Gonzalez made an error that resulted in Detroit scoring four runs. The Astros rallied back and ended up winning the game, but the extra work early on costed Keuchel in the long run.

“Keuchel did a great job.” Bo Porter said. “I tried to extend him as much as we could.”

The Tulsa-born pitcher's first start of the season was on May 10 against the Texas Rangers. He pitched six innings, giving up five hits and two earned runs. Moving forward, he hopes to add more innings to his final stat line.

“I was just trying to attack the zone.” Keuchel said, “I think [if] the ground balls here or there, go my way. I'm looking at seven innings, but I'll take a win either way … I just continued to pound the zone, whatever happens happens, I believe in my stuff. It was evident today that they weren't seeing it well. I'm just going to try and continue to do that.”

Keuchel's next probable start is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21, when the Astros host the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park.

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