Wade Miley gets torched again as Astros suffer blowout loss to A's

Wade Miley gets torched again as Astros suffer blowout loss to A's https://www.chron.com/sports/astros/article/Houston-Astros-Oakland-Athletics-Wade-Miley-recap-14430085.php

By Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle

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  • Wade Miley gets torched again as Astros suffer blowout loss to A's

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Wade Miley (20) gets pulled by manager AJ Hinch during the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Minute Maid Park, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Houston.

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Wade Miley (20) gets pulled by manager AJ Hinch during the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Minute Maid Park, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Houston.

    Photo: Karen Warren/Staff Photographer
Photo: Karen Warren/Staff Photographer

Houston Astros starting pitcher Wade Miley (20) gets pulled by manager AJ Hinch during the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Minute Maid Park, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Houston.

Houston Astros starting pitcher Wade Miley (20) gets pulled by manager AJ Hinch during the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Minute Maid Park, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Houston.

Photo: Karen Warren/Staff Photographer

Wade Miley's past should not be forgotten, but his hideous present is now too inglorious to ignore. The Astros starting rotation, fronted by a heralded collection of three household names, is falling apart in its fourth slot.

Occasionally this week, Miley and his teammates teased fun at the elephant in the room: he did not record an out against the Mariners on Thursday.

Miley is an everyman, an unapologetic Southerner capable of blunt self criticism. Generally, though, he does not let a poor performance linger. Manager A.J. Hinch expected Miley to offer a facetious tip of the hat toward the dugout after the first out he recorded on Tuesday.

The out came and went without fanfare. Another never arrived.

Miley retired only one batter against the A's on Tuesday, a foreboding start to an excruciating 21-7 loss for the Astros. They allowed 20 runs for the second time in franchise history and were on the receiving end of the type of beating they'd administered two days earlier.

Astros insider: Wade Miley searches for solution

Oakland struck six straight one-out singles against Miley in the first. He was lifted after facing the lineup once. Miley sulked from the field and retreated to the clubhouse, ostensibly searching for an answer to this terrible stretch of an otherwise stellar season.

Miley entered Tuesday with a 3.35 ERA. Only six qualified American League starters boasted a lower one. Before his meltdown against the Mariners, he'd allowed more than four earned runs just twice in 27 starts. He embodied consistency for the first four months of the season.

The fifth featured nothing close. Miley's ERA sat at 2.99 on Aug. 9. After Tuesday's torturous time, it rose to 3.74.

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