Three runs the Astros didn’t score. Three. Minimum.
What Really Happened:
Jose Altuve leads off the game with a single to left field. Then he promptly gets thrown out trying to steal. One out, no one on base.
Matt Dominguez then grounds out sharply to shortstop. Three outs, no runs.
What Could Have Happened:
No runs on the board, but the Astros certainly left at least one run out on the field. Probably two.
What happens if Altuve doesn’t try to steal, or if he makes it? Well, Fowler triples and Altuve scores, no outs. Castro whiffs for one out. Then Matty D grounds out, with Fowler probably scoring on the play. Two runs, two outs. Then Marc Krauss strikes out to end the inning.
Altuve’s caught stealing directly cost the Astros two runs.
What Should Have Happened:
But what if we look at this another way? Altuve singles, gets caught and Fowler triples. So far, we’re right back to reality. Now we have Jason Castro at the plate with a man on third and one out.
Castro HAS to get that runner home. Just about anything—other than some form of fly out to an infielder or the strike out that actually happened—scores Fowler from third base. Just do what Matty D did, and ground out. That’ll get that run home.
Patterns of Patheticocity:
Same situation in the eighth inning. One out and we have runners at the corners. All I’m thinking is, “No double play, no strike out!” And what does Chris Carter do? We’ll, he did what he does best. He collects another K. Now we have runners at the corners and two outs. Jesus Guzman doesn’t help matters by seeing Carter’s K and raising him another. Runners at the corners, one out and no one scores.
I’m less angry about Carter grounding out to the pitcher with two outs and runners one second and third in the sixth inning. Hey, he made contact!
My One Question:
So, when you get right down to it, that’s two or three runs we ran and whiffed ourselves out of. Two in the first … or one in the first, depending on how you count it. And one in the eighth. Now here’s my question: What makes you more angry, getting caught stealing in front of a triple and killing an inning or striking out with less than two outs and a runner on third and killing an inning?