The Houston series did not go as planned. On Monday Jose Altuve kick started the Astros three-run third inning while their pitcher Lance McCullers allowed just one run over seven innings. Blanton on the other hand did not make a solid start. He only made it through 2 2/3 innings and looked nowhere near as good as he did in his last start. The Astros discipline at base was better than it has been, considering they lead the league in strike outs and they beat the Royals 1-6.
Tuesday night wasn’t much better. Duffy looked pretty solid and faced the minimum through is first 2 2/3 innings then he allowed a D-2 single before Springer hit a homer in his next at bat. Duffy was pleased with his performance, effort and focus for most of the game. The Royals lost 4-0 because Dallas Keuchel fired eight shutout innings. But on a more positive note after missing two games with a hamstring injury Cain was 3 for 4 with three two- out hits, but the rest of the Royals only had four hits off of the Houston starter.
On Wednesday the Royals looked a little better and were up 3-0 in the second inning. Entering the game the Royals had been shut out 18 innings in Houston. The lead didn’t last long though in the fifth inning the Astros scored four runs and never looked back. Jose Altuve went 3 for 3 with an RBI and a stolen base. Volquez was pretty solid until the fifth inning. He ended up giving up five runs and eight hits in five innings. Herrera looked bad for his second straight appearance. He hit Altuve who ended up scoring off of it. But he has yet to allow multiple runs in a game. But for the first time in 2015 Herrera has allowed runs in consecutive appearances. The positive of last night was Morales hit a two-run homer in the first. He is the best in the Al with 37 two out hits this season. He now has 50 RBI’s, 26 of those coming with two outs.
Tonight opens up a four game series with the Twins. Chris Young takes the mound then on Friday Guthrie, on Saturday Blanton is pitching and on Sunday Duffy is pitching. Hopefully our bats can get hot again and take at least three from the Twins. Right now the Royals are still 4.5 games ahead in the division and it would be great for them to gain an even bigger lead going into the All Star break.