Melancon Helps Astros’ Lead Slip In Loss To Padres

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Five was an unlucky number for the Astros on Sunday as they drop the series finale 8-6 to the Padres and split the four-game series – five meaning the amount of runs total the Astros bullpen surrenders in the seventh and eighth innings.

After getting yet another quality six inning start from Brett Myers and the bullpen unable to lock down another win.  They now hit the road for a six game road trip that gets underway in New York on Tuesday night.  Myers wasn’t very impressed with his performance on Sunday saying that command was an issue for him. 

“Hitting my spots was kind of a task, I had to kind of overdo it sometimes not to make a mistake and you know I’d just try to go out there and try to make pitches,” Myers said. “I didn’t feel normal out there.”

Myers final line ended up with those six innings pitched, on eight hits, three earned runs, two walks, and five strike outs.  All of this on 106 pitches thrown, that included two long balls to Padres catcher Nick Hundley in the second and first baseman Jorge Cantu in the fifth.  That being said, Myers left the game with a chance to get his second win of the season.  Only to see the bullpen give up five runs in the seventh and eighth.  However, three of those runs were unearned.  Mark Melancon was saddled with a tough loss to close out the home stand. After throwing five innings during his five games of action in the 10 game stretch at Minute Maid Park.  Melancon is still staying positive about himself and the team.

“I think our team is a lot better than our record shows for sure,” Melancon said.  “We show some fight and you know there’s some things that we need to do and obviously I didn’t come through today, but we’re right on the cusp of being a real good team.”

Melancon was relieved by a scoreless two-thirds inning of work from Jeff Fulchino and Sunday also saw the scoreless inning from recently called up Jose Valdez in his major league debut.  Where he would strike out two, on one walk, and showed a fastball that was consistently in the mid-90’s. 

The Astros now get Monday off before they start a six game road trip in New York and then move on to Milwaukee.  Wandy Rodriguez starts it off on Tuesday night against the Mets left-hander Jonathan Niese.  This is another series that Houston hopes is the charm to get that elusive series win.

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