CHICAGO – No better pitcher in baseball in the last 2 1/2 months than Gerrit Cole, who is set to carry a 10-0 record and a 1.98 ERA in his past 14 starts in Tuesday's second double game at Guaranteed Rate Field.
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CHICAGO – No better pitcher in baseball in the last 2 1/2 months than
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Manager AJ Hinch says acting pitching coach Josh Miller called the dugout just minutes before the game started and Hinch said Cole's hamstring wasn't it felt good while warming up and he didn't feel he could move on. Reliever
"He was basically the first reliever out there, so we rode in to prepare him, scratched Cole from his start., And he went to see the trainers and get treatment, "Hinch said. "We are going to try her again and see where it will take us. She didn't think it was that serious. I'm glad she told us, and we expect it to be mild."
Hinch tells Cole, who is not available to talk to journalists after the game, didn't report any previous hamstring issues.
"" I'm glad he told us, because it's important for him not to try to do this, "Hinch said. "It's his back foot, so we'll see how he feels tomorrow."
So instead of sending their Cy Young candidate to the mountain, the Astros patched eight backs behind a steady stream of relievers, starting with Devenski, giving up three runs on five hits in two contests. Just one run came from Devenski's two-out fielding error on a Ryan Cordell drillbler followed by a two-run single in Ryan Goins' second.
"Devo did a great job," says Hinch. "He's not just taking his position."
The lone reliever who did not pitch in any of Tuesday's doubleheader games was closer
"A doubleheader will make you general, and then you lose your starter five minutes before the game." Hinch said. "Biagini chose us, started by Devo and get some sleep. We didn't play well in the second game, but we used a lot of pitching. "
The Astros held four singles in a complete game by White Sox starter Ivan Nova (8-9), who became the second Chicago pitcher to throw a complete game against Houston this year. Lucas Giolito killed the Astros on May 23 in Houston.
"We can't get the ball off the ground with any validity," Hinch said. "He kept throwing his fastball, changing, an occasional slider. He ordered and took an early avoidance. We just slammed the ball into the ground a little bit. That's what he did when he got it right. He threw a lot of strikes. A lot of quiet offense for us, but a lot of it is what he does by moving his pitches around, changing some speed and keeping the ball on the ground. "
Brian McTaggart has been with the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @ brianmctaggart on Twitter.