Jarred Cosart continued his phenomenal rookie year by tossing another quality start in the rubber match against the Chicago White Sox. The Texas product threw six innings of one-run baseball. Unfortunately for Cosart, the only pitcher more dominant than him was his dueling mate, Chris Sale.
It just was not a pretty game for the Houston Astros, who were coming off another late-inning loss the night before. Cosart, being the newly-appointed ace of the system, did all he could to ensure his team the best shot of getting to the indomitable Sale.
The only hope the Astros had was getting Sale out of the game, but they were incapable of doing that until it was too late. The only surprise of this game was that Chris Carter tied the game, if only briefly, with a solo home run off Sale himself.
Any game against an ace like Sale for a young team like the Astros is bound to turn sour, and it did.
Once Cosart exited the game, their fate was sealed. There is no such thing as a bullpen win in Houston, and Lucas Harrell is keen on picking up losses, as he achieved his MLB-leading 15th loss of the season. But he didn’t just lose the game, he completely blew all hope of a comeback. He walked two-straight batters and then allowed a home run before finally achieving that tricky final out.
In Harrell’s last 10 appearances, he’s commandeering an 8.89 ERA and a 1-5 record. In his last two games alone, he’s given up 12 earned runs in just 4.1 innings. That puts his ERA at a whopping 26.34.
Cosart yet again did not deserve a loss, but anytime an Astros’ starter has to give way to the bullpen, victories continue to be rarities.