The Astros couldn’t survive the power bats of the Toronto Blue Jays as they dropped their home series opener 6-5 tonight.
Nolan Reimold the hero for the Blue Jays tonight as he hit a solo home run in the fifth and ninth innings.
“They’re four solo home runs proved to be the difference in the ballgame” said Astros manager Bo Porter.
Houston led two different times tonight but each time the bullpen blew the lead. Jose Veras allowed a game-tying homer in the sixth inning. Jose Bautista’s sacrifice fly off Josh Fields in the eighth tied the game while Nolan Reimhold’s second home run of the game handed Chad Qualls and the Astros the loss.
“I was just trying to be really aggressive with a fastball in the zone to get ahead,” Qualls said, “unfortunately he ambushed it and hit it over the fence.”
Porter said he was comfortable giving Qualls the ball tonight and called Qualls the team’s “best reliever all year” despite the result tonight. He said give credit to Reimold for putting a good swing on Qualls’ pitch.
The loss comes a few nights after Qualls blew a save and took the loss against the Athletics. The total line for the bullpen tonight was three runs and six hits over their four innings of work.
Another disappointing outing for baseball’s worst bullpen. The Astros are the only team with an ERA over five.
The Astros getting a decent start out of a player who typically appears as a part of their bullpen, Jake Buchanan.
Buchanan got the start for the Astros on short notice. Jarred Cosart was the scheduled starter for the series opener but he was traded to the Marlins earlier in the day. Read about the trade right here.
Toronto got to Buchanan early and often knocking in a run in each of the first two innings and pushing one across in the fifth, Buchanan’s final inning of work.
Manager Bo Porter liked what he saw for Buchanan in the unusual situation.
“Felt like he did a good job,” he said. “He’s a ground ball pitcher and continued to get ground ball after ground ball and did a good job for five innings. Had us in line to win the game.”
Jon Singleton hit his ninth home run of the season. It was his second consecutive game with a home run.
Buchanan’s five innings tonight was a career high.
Jose Altuve’s 12-game hitting streak came to an end with his 0-4 night.