"He was sick all the way through Arlington", Hinch said. "As he started his throwing program in the bullpen, a couple of things happened".
Sure, the Royals got lucky when Dallas Keuchel started feeling ill, but the Astros got lucky when Danny Duffy got injured. These two have split the first two meetings in this series, but the Royals are 3-2 this season against Houston. He will be replaced by right-handed pitcher Dayan Diaz, who will start opposite Royals lefty Jason Vargas.
Herrera's ERA jumped to 5.55 as he gave up four runs in one-third of an inning. They persevered when the heat was on but eventually fatigue was going to catch up with them.
"I definitely wanted to go back out there", Hammel said. Yost said Perez was available and would start Friday at San Diego.
Peter Moylan was scarcely better, but he did end the inning-he just did so after loading the bases (Yuli Gurriel double, Bregman walk) and surrendering a two-run single to Jake Marisnick.
The Astros are looking for their 12th consecutive victory on Tuesday, which would match the club record shared by the 1999 and 2004 teams. Cheslor Cuthbert, Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain all had their way with him, putting the Royals up 3-1 by the bottom of the 3rd and taking his fastball to task. Both are under team control for a few more seasons, and I believe the Astros could certainly use another quality starting pitcher for this "window", and not only the 2017 season.
It looked like Soria had gotten out of the jam when he induced a ground ball from Josh Reddick, but Escobar booted it and two Astros scored after the ball trickled into shallow center field.
The Astros scored three runs (two unearned) in the eighth inning to cut into the Royals' five-run advantage. Ramon Torres, who was called up from Omaha, also finished with 2 hits including an RBI double.
Royals: C Salvador Perez was removed after eight innings after his left thumb was bent back while catching a sinker from Scott Alexander when Beltran struck out.
Astros: INF Marwin Gonzalez was not in the lineup with a left hand contusion and swelling. Jason Hammel gets the ball, and he is 2-6 with a 5.93 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season.