I haven’t seen how close Michael Bourn came to catching the fly ball that fell for a bases-clearing triple that decided the game in the first inning yet, but the game did come down to that one play. Bourn catches it and the inning is over with no score. Instead, it’s 3-0 Cubs. They added a fourth run on the passed ball by Ivan Rodriguez.
Scoring three runs is usually not enough for victory anyway. The Astros’ chance of victory never rose above 23 percent, and that was when Ivan Rodriguez bounced into a double play.
The starting pitching was identified as a weak point before the season started, and that’s about how it has turned out except for Wandy Rodriguez. The Astros are last in the league in innings per start at 5.3. The rain delay in Atlanta that forced eight innings out of the relievers is now taking its toll.