Losses beginning to frustrate Astros

Losses beginning to frustrate Astros
May 1, 2014, 1:15 am
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A 7-0 loss to the Nationals didn't make the Astros' clubhouse a happy place to be.

Offensively, defensively, and on the mound, the team had its struggles. In all three facets, the Nationals were clearly better on Wednesday night in completing a two-game series sweep. Brett Oberholtzer was Wednesday's starting pitcher. He gave up six earned runs in less than five innings. It was his second consecutive start giving up six earned runs. Naturally, he wasn't feeling pleased with the team's overall performance.

"I just think we've just got to do a better job of coming out ready to play and not trying to win a ballgame coming from behind in the later innings," Oberholtzer said. "This is the big leagues. Guys are ready to attack and I get the vibe from other teams that they're just ready to come on in and beat us and that's frustrating."

Oberholtzer's teammates did not disagree.

"He's got a point," Jason Castro said. "We need to come out and try to jump on some teams early. That's when I feel like we have our most success is when we're able to get out ahead early and try to continue that throughout the game."

"We've definitely got to do a better job of willing ourselves to compete on a day-to-day basis and matching the intensity the other teams are bringing to the game," Oberholtzer said. "We've still got to bring the competition and competitiveness every day."

And now, the Astros have a day off to process all this as they try to change things up when the Mariners come to town on Friday.