Despite producing six solid innings of work, it was not enough to earn
McHugh tossed six innings and allowed three runs on seven hits. He also struck out five batters, while walking none. His ERA now stands at 2.92.
"McHugh ran into a little bit of trouble, and I think he threw close to 30 pitches in the one inning, which took a lot out of him," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said after the game, per MLB.com. "When I hit for him in a National League game, he was pretty tired. Again, he threw well and certainly early in the game looked like he was in total control. It was a nice win."
The no-decision was the first time this season McHugh (3-0) failed to record a win for his efforts.
"All four of those guys with two outs [in the fifth], I had two strikes on," he said. "So it's real frustrating not to be able to make that big pitch when you need it. I'm used to being able to, at least the last little bit, being able to make those pitches."
His next projected start will be Saturday against the Mariners.
McHugh struck out three and now has 18 punchouts in 18 2/3 innings.
McHugh has now won 10 straight decisions.
McHugh's next start is set for Monday in San Diego.
McHugh was lights-out in two starts against the Mariners on the road a year ago. He pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings in his first outing with 12 strikeouts, then yielded just one run on two hits in eight innings later in the season. He won both.
Added to the overall start to his 2015 season and matchup against struggling Seattle starter Taijuan Walker, there should be plenty of optimism. McHugh is 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings.
"It covers that spot [that's exposed] when you rotate," McHugh said. "It's hard to get the glove back up there, and the vast majority of injuries happen on that side. Hopefully, I'll never have to see if it works or not. I think it's a great product and something I'll probably never stop wearing."
Despite never being hit in the head, McHugh said it's nice having some form of protection on his head.
"You try not to think about it," he said. "Having something in place just in case is a nice little reassurance. If you get hit in the head, it's never going to be a pleasant experience. If it's the difference in going to the hospital or not, I'll take my chances [and use the pad]."
McHugh (2-0) hadn't racked up double-digit strikeouts in a start since doing so in his season debut last April nearly one full year ago. He struck out the side in the first inning Wednesday and was able to limit the A's to one run in the second despite surrendering four hits in the frame. He struck out six batters in an eight-man stretch to push his total up to 11 strikeouts before the end of the fifth inning.
"He had really good stuff tonight, all pitches across the board," manager A.J. Hinch said after the game, per MLB.com. "He came out with his fastball, his breaking ball and obviously set the tone in the first inning when he punched out the side. It's a really, really good performance out of him. Obviously, the pitch count went up and I wasn't going to go extremely far with him, but really good to see that kind of pitching performance out of Collin."
McHugh will look to keep rolling Tuesday against the Mariners in Seattle.
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|2010||AFX-Savannah Sand Gnats||7||8||3.34||28||20||0||0||1||132.0||139||65||49||7||12||38||129|
|2011||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||1||2||6.43||9||6||0||0||1||35.0||47||27||25||3||1||14||39|
|2013||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||2||2||4.63||9||9||0||0||0||46.2||52||25||24||2||3||14||47|
|2013||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||3||2||2.87||9||9||0||0||0||53.1||57||21||17||3||4||13||41|
|2014||AAA-Oklahoma City RedHaw||0||0||3.79||5||3||0||0||0||19.0||15||8||8||0||0||6||13|
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