Dallas Keuchel follows through against the Mariners


Keuchel's Tough Season Continues, Astros Lose

Dallas Keuchel allowed four runs in the first inning and three home runs on the night

June 05, 2018 - 10:29 pm

Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - The first inning struggles continued for Astros starter Dallas Keuchel Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park. In the opening frame, the first five Mariners reached base safely leading to four runs. The Astros lineup was put in quite a hole and unable to come up with an answer, and they lost by a final score of 7-1.

"He was fighting behind from the very beginning," Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said. "He looked up and it was four-nothing in a hurry. He hadn't even thrown 12 or 13 pitches... I thought he settled in pretty well as the game went on."

After six runs had scored without an out recorded in the second inning yet, Dallas settled in to retire ten straight batters before allowing another hit. Although, that next hit was a home run which he gave up three of on the night. Despite the laborious early innings, he was able to get two outs in the seventh before getting pulled.

Dallas had an earned run average of 3.65 entering Tuesday's game. He finished with a 4.13 ERA and fell to (3-8) on the season. Keuchel has given up three home runs in one other game this season, April 27th against the A's.

"Either I'm tipping or they're getting something on me. We'll take a look at it and we'll go from there. If you would've told me I was (3-8) at this point in the season I would've probably laughed in your face," Keuchel said.

Offensively, the Astros had some base runners throughout the game on nine hits. Marwin Gonzalez drove in the lone run and went 3-for-4 with a single, double and triple. The lineup grounded into three double plays that would end an inning three consecutive times from the fifth through the seventh.

Injury Update:

Catcher Brian McCann went through his pregame routine Tuesday which included some light batting practice. His timetable for return is still uncertain. Outfielder Josh Reddick completed his rehab assignment in Double-A Corpus Christi where he went 3-for-4 with a run batted in. J.D. Davis will be optioned to the minor leagues so Reddick can return.