• Brian L. Barefield

Astros lose big against the Blue Jays 12-0

Houston- “Even though they didn’t get the win it is always a pleasure to see my son play,” said Sam Bregman who is the father of Astros All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman after the game as he made his way towards the clubhouse. The elder Bregman was one of four fathers (Hector Rondon Sr., Cionel Perez Sr., and Lourdes Gurriel Sr.) of current Astros player to throw out the first pitch to their sons on Father’s Day.

Unfortunately, Houston could not get the win for them as they dropped the last game of the eight game homestand (5-3) to the Toronto Blue Jays 12-0. Houston’s last shut out came against the Chicago White Sox 4-0 on May 23rd.

Skipper AJ Hinch would not allow fatigue to be an excuse for Houston’s lack of run production on today even though the Astros have only had only two days off this month in which they started out playing nine straight.

Astros pitcher Brad Peacock (6-4) who has been one of the AL leagues better pitchers in his last seven starts by going 4-1 while allowing only nine runs over 40.1 innings pitched struggled right out the gate. He gave up a triple to Blue Jays 3B Eric Sogard who would eventually score on LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr’s sacrifice fly and a home run to 1B Rowdy Tellez to put the Astros down 2-0 in the first inning. Peacock’s would finish the day giving up four earned runs with three walks and five strikeouts over five innings.

“He had a tough time getting into the game,” said Hinch. “That one slider to Gurriel Jr. at the end to end his outing. It was a little bit of a shorter outing than he was going to have based on how he was going in the first inning.”

Houston's manager AJ Hinch speaks to the media after the game.

Blue Jays pitcher Trent Thornton (2-5) who was drafted by the Astros in the fifth-round of the 2015 MLB Draft pitched a wonderful game by going 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking only three batters. Thornton was facing his former team for the first time since he was traded for Aledmys Diaz in the offseason.

Toronto’s bats got hot in the sixth inning. With a 4-0 lead coming into the inning, the Blue Jays benefitted on three-run homers hit by Freddy Galvis and Teoscar Hernandez. They added another run when Gurriel Jr. singled to left to drive in Sogard. Those seven runs tied their most in a single game this season and put any hopes of a Houston comeback to rest.

The crowd of 42,174 in attendance got treated in the ninth inning when first baseman Tyler White took the mound and gave up one run and two hits to end the game. It was his third appearance of the season and fifth of his career. White is the franchise leader in pitching appearances by a position player. He is currently tied with Seattle’s Tom Murphy for the MLB lead in such appearances.

Astros 1B/DH Tyler White leaves the field after coming in to pitch in the top of the ninth inning

Houston now heads out on the road for seven games in seven days road trip where they will face the Cincinnati Reds and then head up to New York to take on the Yankees.

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