Porter pleased with effort in loss to Yanks

Porter pleased with effort in loss to Yanks
May 1, 2013, 11:15 pm
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The Astros lost another close game on Wednesday, this time dropping the rubber game 5-4 to the Yankees in New York.

But after the game, which dropped the Astros to an MLB-worst 8-20, manager Bo Porter wasn’t upset. Actually, he was pretty pleased with his team; he like their effort.

“We get that kind of effort and play, baseball the way we’ve played the last three games,” Porter said, “we’re going to win a lot of ballgames.”

The Astros rallied from down 4-0 to tie the game on Wednesday before they lost it on a sixth-inning run. The Astros also scored four runs in their last two innings in Tuesday night’s loss.

After winning the opener, they lost the next two against the Yankees. But in both losses, they showed a resiliency that Porter liked seeing.  

“Again, when you know that your club is resilient and they’re going to fight to the end every night, that there is a staple of what we’ve talked about from the beginning of spring training,” Porter said. “And it’s good to see a lot of things we’ve stressed. They actually came up tonight, we were able to win some break points, that again, these guys look back to the preparation and these situations came up and they did a tremendous job of executing.”

The game-winning run on Wednesday night came in the sixth inning with reliever Paul Clemens on the mound. Clemens actually had a pretty good outing on Wednesday. But he gave up a double to Eduardo Nunez to start off the sixth inning. Nunez ended up scoring, which bothered the reliever after the game.

“I feel bad letting my team down but tomorrow’s a new day and I’ll savor this feeling, that way … I don’t want it to happen again,” he said. “That’s what really burns inside a little bit. Bedard fights, keeps us in the ballgame. Our offensive battles, keeps us in the ballgame and I get a little stubborn on Nunez and we go same pitch, same spot three times in a row. At this level, I don’t care who’s in the box, you’re gonna pay for it and I let my team down.”

After a wild pitch allowed Nunez to advance to third, the Astros still had a chance to get out of the inning. With a man on first, Wesley Wright came in to face Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro hit a weak grounder to Jose Altuve.

Porter said he told the infield to go home if they couldn’t turn a double play but the ball wasn’t hit very hard. Porter said the runner would have been safe if Altuve went home. Instead, the team turned an unconventional double play to get out of the inning, but not before the run scored.

“They won the game,” Porters said, “but at the same time, we played the game the way it’s supposed to be played and put ourself in a position with the opportunity to win as well.”

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