Astros manager Bo Porter has shown tremendous patience dealing with the youth of the team and the mistakes that come with it since he was hired after the 2012 season. He has rarely criticized his players in public when his players make the mistakes that are associated with players still learning their way in the Major Leagues.
That's why it was telling that Porter took 17 seconds to compose his answer when asked about a baserunning blunder by third baseman Matt Dominguez in the fifth inning of Thursday's 5-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Trailing 5-0 with Chris Carter on first base and nobody out, Dominguez hit a liner to the left of short stop Alcides Escobar and into the outfield. Carter made it to third base easily, but Dominguez tried stretching the play into a double and was thrown out by four steps for the first out of the inning.
Even after that delay to come up with the right response, Porter was uncharacteristically harsh on Dominguez for his attempt at a double.