CHICAGO -- The Astros didn't arrive at their hotel in downtown Chicago until 3 a.m. CT Friday, which made for a quick turnaround for a 1:20 p.m. game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Alas, the start of the game was delayed by rain for almost an hour.
Considering Houston gave up six runs in the ninth inning Thursday in a 7-3 loss to the Padres at Minute Maid Park, manager Brad Mills said getting right back on the field wasn't a bad thing.
"It was a tough night, but I was telling some guys that I'm thrilled to death we have an afternoon day game today," Mills said. "We can go to bed, get up and just go play. It's really kind of a blessing in disguise after a rough game like we had last night that we turn around and play right away."
Astros catcher Jason Castro, who wasn't in the lineup Friday, said you have to roll with the schedule.
"It's definitely a different schedule than we're used to, especially traveling and things like that," Castro said. "When game time comes, you just strap it on and go play. It's not like you're really focused on anything else other than the game. After the game might be a different story, but during the game, everyone will be locked in."