There was so much more to Dallas Keuchel’s first loss of the season than Dallas Keuchel. The Astros hit into three inning-ending double plays, they got shut out over six-plus innings by a rookie, and Houston went 0-9 with runners in scoring position in the 3-0 loss.
Keuchel may have been handed his first loss of the year, but this loss was on the lineup, not the former Cy Young winner.
At the same time some props have to be given to Rays starter Austin Pruitt. Even though the Astros are missing two of their most dangerous hitters in Carlos Correa and George Springer, the former Houston Cougar Pruitt still held one of the best-hitting teams in the league scoreless over 6 1/3 innings while earning his sixth win of the season.
Houston’s lineup didn’t do a good job, but Pruitt did his job with what he was given. Logan Morrison gave him a two-run lead in the first inning with his 28th home run of the season and Pruitt never looked back.
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve collected three more hits with two runs scored in a 6-5 win against the Tigers. Altuve, who is batting .369, already has 19 three-hit games this season.
Wins and loses are probably the most overrated stats when it comes to pitchers, but reigning AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello fell to an alarming 4-14 this season after giving up four runs in seven innings in Boston’s 4-2 loss to the Royals. ERA, which is an important stat, isn’t on Porcello’s side, either. It fell to 4.55 after this outing.
Diamondbacks (59-44) at Cardinals (51-52) 7:15 p.m. ET — The USA Cheap Jerseys Diamondbacks and their fans will be thinking of Robbie Ray, who left Friday’s game after getting hit in the head. It Texas Rangers Cheap Jerseys appears the breakout pitcher will be fine, and Arizona will have to move forward after a tough 1-0 loss. Zack Greinke (12-4, 2.92 ERA) has quietly put together a Cy Young-caliber season. He takes the mound Saturday against St. Louis’ Mike Leake (7-8, 3.20 ERA).