Astros-White Sox Preview
The Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox possess two of the
lowest-scoring offenses in the AL, though both clubs showed they
have some pop in the series opener.
Chris Carter looks to lift Houston to a sixth win in seven
meetings with Chicago on Tuesday night.
These last-place clubs combined for only 25 runs as the Astros
(44-86) took three of four from the visiting White Sox (54-76) from
June 14-17. Neither lineup had much trouble at the plate Monday,
though, as Houston earned a wild 10-8 victory.
Matt Dominguez hit a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the
ninth and Carter followed with his second of the game for the
Astros, who also got home runs from Jason Castro and Brett
Houston, which blew a five-run lead before storming back, had
five homers in its previous four games combined.
“You look at the (White Sox’s) five-run (sixth) inning, and for
these guys to respond the way they responded it speaks to the
resilience of the ballclub,” manager Bo Porter said. “I couldn’t be
more proud of them.”
Carter had three hits after going 2 for 20 over his previous six
games. He is 6 for 13 with three homers in the last four versus the
White Sox, who drafted Carter before trading him to Arizona for
Carlos Quentin in December 2007. He was sent to Oakland less than
two weeks later.
“It’s great to beat the team that drafted you and traded you
away when you come back and (hit two homers) here,” Carter
Chicago (54-76), which has scored the fewest runs in the AL, had
won eight of nine prior to Monday.
“It’s one of those that you just chalk it up to a bad night,”
manager Robin Ventura said.
Alejandro De Aza, who had gone 4 for 29 over his previous seven
contests, went 4 for 5 while Jeff Keppinger and Adam Dunn homered.
Dunn’s two-run shot was his 30th, giving him at least that many for
the ninth time in the last 10 seasons.
The White Sox now look to spoil the first major league start for
Houston’s Paul Clemens (4-4, 6.36 ERA), who slides into the
rotation spot that opened when Erik Bedard was moved to the
The 25-year-old rookie made 30 relief appearances earlier in the
season, but he hasn’t pitched in the majors since giving up six
runs and recording only one out in a 12-6 loss to Toronto on July
Clemens will be opposed by Jose Quintana, who is coming off
back-to-back solid outings.
Quintana (7-4, 3.67) beat Minnesota on Aug. 16, giving up two
runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-2 win, before allowing three runs in
seven frames of a 4-3, 12-inning victory over Kansas City on
The left-hander got into some early trouble in his only start
against Houston, giving up two runs and five hits while walking
three and tossing 104 pitches in 4 2-3 innings of a 4-2 win June