• Brian L. Barefield

Astros Can’t Catch A Break As They Drop Another Extra Innings Game To The Padres

There have been two constants for the Houston Astros in the last two games against the San Diego Padres. Extra innings and bullpen failure. Houston dropped their second extra innings game to San Diego by a score of 11-8 at Minute Maid Park.

“I thought yesterday was tough, this is even tougher,” said Astros manager Dusty Baker referring to the previous loss to the Padres. “Two outs in the top of the ninth and nobody on base. It’s tough to take.”

Padres’ shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a massive three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off of Astros closer Ryan Pressly to tie the game at six after the Astros had built a five-run lead on San Diego and Will Meyers hit a three-run homer in the top of the 12th inning to put the game out of reach.

Pressly was impressive in getting the first two batters he faced in the inning, but a base on balls issued to Manny Machado and a double hit by Jake Cronenworth sent one of the most dangerous home run hitters in the game today.

The former All-Star reliever almost escaped when Tatis Jr. hit a ball into foul territory that was mishandled by Taylor Jones who replaced starting first baseman Yuli Gurriel who was out with a finger injury. Jones wasn’t able to secure the ball which led to the 448-foot homer to tie the game on the next pitch.

“As I was tracking it, I was trying to find the net and keep track of where the net was and keep my eye on the ball, and I kind of overran the ball a little bit,” said Jones after the game. “By the time it started to come down, it was behind me, and I missed it. I should have had it.”

That play summed up what the Astros went through after starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi left the game in the sixth inning after a stellar performance coming back from the Injured List due to a strained muscle in his right arm. He allowed only one run with four strikeouts and retired 14 batters in a row at one point.

Once Odorizzi left the game, the flood gates opened, and the Astros relievers allowed 10 runs and five walks to put the Padres in position to win the game.

"No matter what the score, especially with the team we have, I feel like we are always in the game,” said Tatis Jr. about his team who currently leads the National League West Division. “We're just not afraid of the situation. We just try to keep the line moving, and I feel like we get pretty good results when we do that."

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