Tim Hudson allowed five runs over five innings in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.
Paul Goldschmidt touched Hudson up for a two-run homer in the first inning, but it was the third inning where Hudson really lost things. After allowing a single and walking two batters, Hudson hit catcher Jordan Pacheco to score a run. Chris Owings promptly followed that up with a two-run single to put the Giants down 5-1. Neither team would score the rest of the way. Hudson's a veteran pitcher and the tough outing shouldn't be more than a bump in the road. Even with the wild day, he still holds a 3.93 ERA. He'll try to put things back on track when he rolls into Denver to face the Rockies in his next start.
Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with three singles in Sunday's contest with the Angels.
Altuve is more or less the only Astro doing anything offensively at this point in the season. His three hits represented half of the team total and the 3-for-5 day brought his slash-line up to .320/.370/.400. For comparison's sake, no other regular starter on the team is hitting over .267. The diminutive hitter could use a little help.
Albert Pujols hit a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Astros
Pujols finished the game 2-for-4. He hit the homer off of Pat Neshek in the eighth inning. At the time, it pulled the Angels to within 4-3, but they were unable to mount a rally against Luke Gregorson in the ninth. The home run was Pujols' third of the season, the RBI his sixth. The veteran slugger has been struggling to hit for average in the first few weeks of the season, as he's currently hitting .186, but he's shown that the bat still has plenty of power. If he can avoid wearing down, 25+ home runs is a reasonable expectation.
Scott Feldman pitched a solid game on Sunday, scattering six hits and two runs over six innings against the Angels.
Feldman struck out three without walking a batter. Outside of a two-run homer by C.J. Cron in the fourth inning, Feldman pitched a clean game. It marked a huge improvement on his previous start, in which the A's battered him around for eight runs. Feldman has posted a sub-4.00 ERA in each of the last two seasons, but he doesn't strike out batters (career K/9 of 5.5) and his WHIP of 1.303 last season is higher than ideal. He's little more than injury filler for deep AL-only leagues. Feldman will face the A's in his next start.
Garrett Richards lasted five innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits in his first start of the season.
Richards tore the patella tendon in his left knee last August. He did not pitch in spring training. The time off showed, particularly in terms of control. Of his 100 pitches, only 60 went for strikes. This led to four walks. He also uncorked a run-scoring wild pitch in the fifth inning. Prior to the injury last season, Richards was throwing up a career year with a 2.61 ERA and 1.038 WHIP over 168 2/3 innings. It might take him a few starts to shake off the long layoff. He'll next take the mound against the Rangers.