Cy Young candidate Dallas Keuchel came into yesterday’s game an amazing 14-0 at home. 15-0 would be a record for undefeated home wins in a single season.
He got that.
Talk about the opposite of a road warrior. After yesterday’s sparkling 4-2 victory over the Rangers, Keuchel is now 15-0 at home with a 1.46 ERA. On the road? Just 4-8 with a 3.82 ERA.
The key to beating Dallas is get him out of Houston. Unfortunately, yesterday’s game was scheduled at Minute Maid Park.
As dominating as Keuchel was, Martin Perez was just as good.
Keuchel pitched seven innings, walked two, struck out ten, and gave up one earned run.
Perez pitched six innings, walked one, struck out six, with no earned runs.
Unfortunately, an Elvis Andrus error with two outs in the bottom of the second kept alive an inning that should have died right then and there. Then, Perez compounded the problem by issuing a single, his only walk of the game, then a bases-loaded double. Before he struck out Altuve to end the inning, the Astros scored two runs, and the Rangers could never catch up.
Both pitchers had one rough inning. For Keuchel it was the first. For Perez, the second.
The Rangers couldn’t take advantage of the few opportunities they had, and the Astros did.
Simple as that.
It’s hard to beat perfection. But the Rangers came close.