Astros rookie Asher Wojciechowski says he has ‘a lot to work on’ after debut

Wojo  hands the ball to his his manager after leaving his 1st MLB start

Wojo hands the ball to his his manager after leaving his 1st MLB start

Posted on April 9, 2015 | By Jose de Jesus Ortiz http://www.chron.com The Houston Chronicle

Rookie righthander Asher Wojciechowski, who gave up only three earned runs in 21 innings this spring to win a spot on the roster, lasted only four innings in his major-league debut Thursday. He failed to retire any of the three batters he faced in the fifth. Wojciechowski gave up eight hits and four runs with two walks and two strikeouts and two home runs, throwing 50 of his 88 pitches for strikes.

“Definitely a lot of room for improvement,” he said. “A lot to work on. I’m just excited to get to work tomorrow and start to work for my next outing.”

The Indians jumped on Wojciechowski immediately.Michael Bourn led off with a double to left-center field. Jose Ramirez then put runners at the corners with a bunt single back to the mound. Jason Kipnis gave the Indians a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly to left. Yan Gomez led off the second with a double to left. Two outs later, Roberto Perez singled to right field. George Springer fielded the ball cleanly and delivered a perfect throw home to Hank Conger. Although the throw beat Gomes home by a few feet, Conger let Gomes slide safely under his tag attempt to give the Indians a 2-0 lead.

“He battled himself a little bit early and they hit some mistakes,” A.J. Hinch said of Wojciechowski. “His first outing and he obviously wanted to get that under his belt and get on to the next one. They nicked at him early in the game and were able to put a few runs on the board. “Then in the end he lost his arm-slot a little bit and he was a little bit winded. Unfortunately we didn’t do anything to help him out. That was unfortunate for us as a team.” Perez homered to left-center in the fourth, and Ramirez homered to right in the fifth. Kipnis then singled and Santana walked to prompt a call to the bullpen. Fortunately for Wojciechowski’s 9.00 ERA, Sam Deduno retired the next three to strand the two runners he inherited.

“My changeup was there,” Wojciechowski said. “The fastball didn’t feel all too great today and then I couldn’t find my slider today. I’m struggling with my slider, and I’m just going to have to get to work tomorrow and work on that a lot and get it going.”

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