Special occasion that it was, the Astros sure made tying the franchise record for consecutive losses feel special.
There was absolutely nothing normal about this 6-5 loss to the Pirates that went down as the team’s 11th in a row and felt like about the 11,000th. Maybe because there were so many ways to lose just captured within one.
They blew a 3-0 lead and a 4-1 lead. They left 10 men on base when they had a chance to add on and most frustrating, with their closer down – even a closer who had no success in his two tries at it – the Astros had nothing left for the ninth.
They’d used up their best lefty and their best righty in a bizarre sequence trying to protect the one-run lead in the eighth and left things to a much less proven set in the ninth.