Somehow…I became responsible for this recap (and the one yesterday). I blame Polish women with a penchant for quitting.
Anyway, for the second time in two opportunities this season, four errors during a Wandy Rodriguez (0-1, 2.38) start led to loss Wednesday night as the Astros lost to the Braves 6-3. The loss wasted decent offensive performances from the remarkably mellow Jordan Schafer (.348), the diminutive Jose Altuve (.368) and the happy to be here/in need of a shave J.D. Martinez (.364), who hit his second dinger of the season in the first inning to give Houston their one and only lead of the game.
The Braves, who were making their last trip to Houston for the forseeable future, cashed in on wild pitches, shoddy defense and the sort of general malaise that the ticket-buying public possesses and HudsonHawk laments. During a particularly forgettable fourth inning, Atlanta managed to bat around with assistance from three of the four Astros hamfistings in the top of the frame. After a few more innings of general slapdickery, they called it a game.
The loss dropped the Astros (3-3) to .500 for the season, which…yay? Still better than expectations…still better than the Cubs.
Up next, 3 games against the Florida Miami Miracle Marlins in remarkably gaudy Marlins Park, which may or may not have Harvey Firestein working the PA.
The PA is reported to think the situation is fabulous.