Rapid Reaction: Astros 10, Cubs 1

CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 10-1 loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday:

How it happened: The Cubs were playing catch-up from the get-go as starter Chris Volstad gave up a run in the first inning. It didn't take long for the Astros to put it on. Brett Wallace tacked on three with a home run in the third and with Volstad out of the game, Houston put the game out of reach with five runs (three earned) off the recently recalled Lendy Castillo in the sixth.

What it means: Volstad continues to be 0-for-his Cubs career, and he's still searching for his first victory since July 10, 2011. While wins and losses are hardly an accurate barometer of a pitcher's success, one need not look any further than Volstad's 6.96 ERA to know that his struggles are accurately portrayed with the zero in his 'W' column.

Outside the box: What's happening on the field at Wrigley is quickly becoming secondary as the hotter topic seems to be the goings on in the minors. Albert Almora, the Cubs top pick in the 2012 draft, will be headed to short-season Boise, getting his first game action on Wednesday.

Up next: The Cubs wrap up their homestand when Justin Germano (1-2, 4.26) takes on the Astros Bud Norris (5-9, 4.93) at 1:20 pm on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.