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Keuchel Struggles, Peacock Soars, Astros Sweep

Dallas Keuchel had a sluggish start, but Brad Peacock picked up the slack yet again.

April 04, 2018 - 5:05 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - The Astros beat the Orioles 3-2 Wednesday to complete the sweep in the opening series at Minute Maid Park. Their record stands at (6-1) which is tied for the best seven-game start in franchise history. It is also the third consecutive series that the Astros have swept the Orioles at the juice box.

On the mound, Dallas Keuchel had to battle to make it through five innings. It took 104 pitches thanks in part to the 4 walks he issued. Dallas also had to pitch around a pair of errors, although he did surrender two runs and one of them was unearned.

"I felt good, just the roof open tends to play tricks on the ball," Keuchel said. "Really struggled to find that central command to give me both sides of the plate. I was thankful to get out of there with only two runs."

A noted difference for Dallas between 2017 and 2018 is his catcher. Brian McCann was behind the dish last year while Max Stassi has caught both of his starts this season. Keuchel also has not gotten run support in his two outings, just one run in each game.

Brad Peacock picked up some of the slack Dallas left by pitching a scoreless seventh, eighth and ninth. He struck out 5 and allowed just 2 hits and earned the win. It came as a surprise that closer Ken Giles did not relieve Peacock for the ninth in a save situation, but Astros Manager A.J. Hinch had no problem with the decision.

"The move today is no indictment on Ken Giles. It's not a message being sent to him. There's not an issue whatsoever on our club about who's going to get the last out of the game. Today the matchup that we liked with the way that Peacock was spinning the ball, and the team that we were facing, and how he was pitching, all led me to want to leave Brad Peacock in. If he gets into a little bit more trouble, the guy that I was going to turn to was Ken Giles," Hinch said. "There's no lack of confidence. There's no controversy. If you're trying to win games, guys are going to do whatever we ask."

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