Paulino: 5.2IP, 6H, 1ER, 3K:2BB
Sampson: 1IP, 1H, 1K
Brocail: 1IP, 1H, 1ER, 2K:1BB
Yep, 32 pitches to get three outs. Brocail's making up for lost pitches when he was on the DL, apparently. How do you get to 32 pitches against six batters?
Bruce: Ball, Ball, SL (strike looking), Foul, infield single
Hernandez: Ball, bunt foul, ball, SL, Foul, Ball, Ball
Nix: Ball, Foul, SS, Ball, Ball, Ball
Rosales: Ball, Ball, Ball, SL, SL, Foul, Sac Fly
Gonzalez: SS, Ball, SL, Ball, SL
Phillips: SL, Lineout
Paulino did very well, and that's encouraging. Win two out of three on the road and everything will work out - it just sucks to get embarrassed. And the offense was embarrassing. Miguel Tejada got a double in the first inning. And that was it. Volquez was stunning, and the Astros were stunned. Sure Towles got hit, and Carlos Lee walked. And at least the Astros didn't ground out into double plays - because there wasn't hardly ever anybody on 1st base all night - and the Astros used two pinch-hitters: Michaels and Berkman (Erstad got the start at first). Notice that Smith didn't come in (that guy must tell great jokes. Bawdy ones.) Keppinger didn't play one game in this series. But he at least appeared in every game vs the Brewers. Keppinger also didn't play in the four-game series against the Reds. Did the Astros sign a no-competition clause before the trade, or what?
Volquez needed 106 pitches to get through 27 batters - under 4 per batter, just over 13 per inning. Doug Brocail threw 942 pitches in the 8th.
Man of the Match:
Felipe Paulino. 0-2 with a 2.55 ERA. Russ Ortiz is 2-0 with an ERA north of Brocail's pitch count. There's no justice.
Goat of the Game:
The top half of the inning. 1x28? That's an .036 average, friends.