His fourth-inning bunt helped to signal the state of Houston’s offense, but nothing better accentuated the Astros’ malaise than Martín Maldonado’s eighth-inning double.
Maldonado is not on this team to hit. Houston constructed its roster with far more accomplished offensive players to allow its veteran catcher the luxury of defending and leading — two of Maldonado’s best traits. Nights he does deliver a few hits should be savored. The Astros should seize some advantage.