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Bats Didn’t Warm Up For The Astros As They Lose 6-3 To The Rockies



Most Houston Astros fans couldn’t believe what they were seeing on Wednesday as the Astros took on the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver. Most witnessed Houston drop their ninth game out of the last ten played by a score of 6-3 to the Rockies to put them at three games under .500 for the season at 7-10 and place them in the bottom of the American League West.


Wait.


Did you think I was going to talk about the temperature being 34 degrees at the start of the game? Or the snow that continued to fall throughout the game? While that was a sight to see in April, it wasn’t enough of a deterrent to remove the confusion on what has happened to the Astros.


“We didn’t catch any breaks today,” said Astros manager Dusty Baker. “We hit the ball today better than we have in a while. Those runs in the end that they [Rockies] added on hurt. They just beat us today.”


Rockies shortstop Trevor Story helped Colorado take an early 2-0 lead by hitting a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning. Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel would tie the game in the very next inning by hitting a two-run home run to left field. Houston would not be able to celebrate for long as center fielder Yonathan Daza hit a solo homer off of Astros starting pitcher Jose Urquidy (0-2) to put Colorado up 3-2 and they never relinquished the lead from that point on.


“It was my first game I threw in the snow,” Urquidy said after the game. “But that’s not an excuse. I was trained to do my best.”



The Astros best have not been good enough over these last 10 games. Some of that could be attributed to the starters that were placed in health and safety protocol by MLB due to COVID-19 related issues in which second baseman Jose Altuve is still not with the team. Some could say that it is the lack of consistent hitting in the Astros batting order. Others will say its due to inefficient starts by the starting pitching rotation and the bullpen not being able to get outs when they get in the game.


Either one or all can be true, but Alex Bregman would like for all the fans to just be patient.


“Over the course of 162 games, you’re going to go through ups and downs,” Bregman elaborated when asked about the team’s struggles. “I feel like a lot of guys, myself included, are off to the best starts of their career. Some of us are slow starters. It’s about getting the consistency up and down the lineup, and we will do that. I know we will. I’m looking forward to working hard and getting ready to win some baseball games.”


Houston will be back in action on Thursday in the first game of a four-game home series with the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park.