The Houston Astros fumbled a golden chance to secure win No. 76 this season on Monday. Starter Jose Urquidy dominated the Chicago White Sox for seven frames and got two outs in the bottom of the eighth, but he was pulled by manager Dusty Baker before the final out. Houston immediately went on to rack up four runs against reliever Rafael Montero, allowing the White Sox to steal a 4-2 win.
Astros fans were shocked by Baker's decision in the moment, and hindsight hasn't done him any favors. Urquidy, though, took a classy approach to his manager pulling him on Monday.
Urquidy responded with a no-doubt "Yes" when asked if felt he could've gotten the last out of the eighth against Chicago. He then added it was what his manager decided to do, though, and he has to "respect that."
This is the best way for the ace to handle the unwarranted loss, and it's not like he needs to rub it in Baker's face after the fact. The Astros' manager hasn't shied away from taking the blame for his decision on Monday.
Both parties understand how that might not have been the right call, and now they can move on. Hopefully Baker will trust Urquidy if a similar situation arises later this season.
Houston will look to shake off the shocking defeat with a win on Tuesday against Chicago. MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook favor the Astros (-126) to defeat the White Sox (+108) in the second game of the series.
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