CBS Houston – Mike Fiers gave the Houston Astros enough to win Wednesday night. The right-handed pitcher gave the team 6 innings of two-run ball, striking out 7 batters and only allowing 5 hits and while he limited the Toronto Blue Jays, the Astros would still fall 4-1.
Hard luck befell Fiers, with both of his earned runs coming from small-ball. One of the runs the Blue Jays manufactured with a leadoff double in the first inning and the second run, a mistake by Fiers when two wild pitches would end up leading to his final run allowed.
“That’s not normally how they score,” Mike Fiers said of the Blue Jays scoring off of him without the home runs, “(I was) unlucky, I guess.”
With the way the team’s pitching has been of late, under normal situations Fiers would have done enough for them to win. But the Astros batters have been ice cold of late scoring 2.1 runs a game in their last 10 games.
“The work has been there, everyone’s working hard, everybody’s doing their routines in the cage, it’s just we aren’t able to put great at-bats together in order for us to score runs,” Carlos Correa said of the offense struggling.
The team’s only run would come in the fifth inning, leading off Evan Gattis hit a double. After two quick outs by Carlos Gomez and Colby Rasmus, Tyler White would drive him in with his own double.
White would end up with two hits in the game and now has four hits in his last three starts.
The Astros had one final big chance to change the game, in the sixth inning, only trailing the Blue Jays 2-1. George Springer walked on four pitches, Alex Bregman (who came into the at-bat with a 0-15 streak) singled to left field, putting two on with no outs. J.A. Happ would end up getting Jose Altuve to fly out and Carlos Correa to ground into a double play to end the threat.
The starting pitching during the series limited the Blue Jays to only 10 runs during the four games, but the Astros only could manage to come away with one win.
“Starter, after starter, after starter, (have been) putting up good games, we’ve had a hiccup here and there,” manager A.J. Hinch said of the rotation of late, “they understand it’s a team game, we win as a team and we lose as a team.”
Friday the Astros start a three-game home series with the Texas Rangers. Currently, the Astros are 6.5 games back of the Rangers for control of the A.L. West.