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Off Night For McCullers Jr. Sinks Astros

Lance McCullers Jr. gave up more than three earned runs at Minute Maid Park for the first time in his career.

July 11, 2018 - 11:00 pm
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Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - Things got away from the Astros early Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. Lance McCullers Jr. would allow six runs on four hits through four innings of work while walking five and striking out just one. The offense would try to claw their way back, but the deficit was too deep as the Astros lost to the A's by a final score of 8-3. 

Lance had not walked four batters in a game since May 8th. Also, the six runs Lance gave up is most he has allowed at Minute Maid Park in his career. It grew his earned run average from 3.41 to 3.77.

"It was kind of one of those nights I didn't have much early," McCullers Jr. said. "I thought I've been throwing the ball pretty well as of late. It kind of sucks it's the first time I've given up more than three earned runs in my Minute Maid Park history, but it happens. I've got the long break now and I'll have some time to throw some bullpens."

Left-hander Cionel Perez made his Major League debut in the eighth inning. He would get two outs then allow a walk and a single before striking out Khris Davis for his first career punch out. Perez also pitched two outs in the ninth before being taken out after surrendering a walk and a single which would eventually score.

On the night, the A's gathered ten hits and stranded eleven runners on-base. For the Astros lineup, they managed seven hits, all singles except for a Tyler White solo home run. Outfielder Kyle Tucker was one of the many singles of the night going 1-for-4.