HOUSTON -- With a pair of singles in his first two at bats, Chris Coghlan enjoyed his first multi-hit game of the season on Tuesday. But did that brighten his mood any?
Not from the sounds of it.
"All that matters is we lost," Coghlan said after the 7-5 defeat to the Astros. "I'm not feeling any differently because I got two hits today."
But manager Fredi Gonzalez think it could help get Coghlan going at the plate.
"He swung at strikes, he did a nice job of laying off some of the bad pitches, and he got two hits," Gonzalez said. "Today it was nice to see him get a couple of hits, for his own psyche, obviously. And maybe we can see him get on a tear."
Coghlan raised his average from .109 to .140 with Tuesday's 2-for-4 performance.
Question: Why did Gonzalez stay with reliever Tim Wood in the eighth inning after Wood had given up the tying run in the seventh and gave up leadoff hits to the first two batters in the eighth?
Answer: "We were trying to go Wood in the seventh, and if we had the lead, go with the Hopper (Burke Badenhop) in the eighth and Leo in the ninth," Gonzalez said. "We just can't keep using the Hopper every other day. You're going to run him into the ground. That was the plan, to get through the seventh with Woody and have the lead, and go with the Hopper and then Leo."