The Astros batters have been experiencing their own August drought. Monday night, they faced the pitching equivalent of El Nino. His name is Zach Greinke and the Astros are fortunate that they haven't faced him that much. When the Astros were in the National League, Greinke starred in the American League. When the Astros switched to the American League, Greinke went off to the National League. See? The best players don't always follow us around like Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder.
Greinke: Goose eggs
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In the desert with a guy like Greinke was no way for the Astro hitters to snap out of their slump. Collin McHugh had another tough start but the Diamondbacks were tougher, 2-0.
Greinke allowed five of Houston's seven hits over 6-2/3rd innings. He struck out nine and walked two, giving up just one extra-base hit, a double by Marwin Gonzalez. Three relievers mopped up, including Fernando Rodey who notched his 27th save.
McHugh worked 5-2/3rd innings and allowed six hits and one walk. He gave up both Arizona runs. In the second, Ketel Marte doubled home Daniel Descalso to give the D-Backs the early lead. In the 6th, J.D. Martinez (remember him?) cracked a double to left that plated Paul Goldschmidt. Joe Musgrove and Tyler Clippard did not allow any runs working out of the Houston bullpen.
Before the game, the Astros put catcher Brian McCann on the 10-day Disabled List. Max Stassi was called up to fill his roster spot. Evan Gattis is still on the DL recovering from a concussion. Juan Centeno started for Houston on Monday and played the entire contest.
Stassi may see action Tuesday when the two clubs play an afternoon contest at 2:40 Central time. Brad Peacock (10-1) will look to even the series as he squares off with lefthander Anthony Banda (1-2). Afterwards, the two squads fly to Houston to continue their "rivalry series" with a pair of games at Minute Maid.