Friday, April 24, 2009

Recap, G17 - Brewers at Astros

That one wasn't very fun, either. Paulino was cruising until the 5th inning. Had a 2-0 lead, thanks to Carlos Lee's homer, and then boom! (homage to the recently retired John Madden) the 5th inning came along. What happened in that 4-run 5th?

Bill Hall popped out to short
Kendall singled to center
Gallardo sac bunted, Kendall to 2nd
Weeks reached on infield single
Hart singled to right, Kendall scored
Braun singled to right, Weeks scored
Fielder singled to right, Hart scored
Cameron singled to right, Braun scored
Fielder out at 3rd

Strange, because of the ten hits Paulino gave up - only one was an extra-base hit, a double in the 4th.

FP strike: 13
FB ball: 10

Paulino: 6IP, 10H, 4ER, 4K:0BB
Fulchino: 3IP, 1H, 1ER, 1K:0BB

The Astros pitcher gave up 11 hits, but no walks for what - if memory serves - is the only time this season. The Brewers only connected on two extra-base hits, Cameron's double and Rickie Weeks (Rickie Weeks!?) double. Here's the thing about Fulchino's outing - after the homer to Weeks, Fulchino sat down nine straight Brewers. Pudge did have to come in for Quintero in the 5th after a collision at home with Mike Cameron (where Pence nailed Cameron at home for one of two outfield assists), who should be used to collisions by now. Cameron, not Quintero.


It's that dadgum offense, though. Berkman went 0x4 to dip his average to .186 after striking out - looking - three times. Lee provided all the runs with what was then a 2-run shot in the 4th. Managing only five hits - one from Matsui, two from Bourn, the one big one from Lee and one from Pence. Other hitless wonders include Tejada (0x3), Blum (0x3), Quintero/Pudge (0x3). Batters 5-8 went 1x12. Oh, and did the game always feel like it was in the top half of the inning? That's because the Astros had six 1-2-3 innings.

Man of the Match:
Jeff Fulchino. Despite the 5th run to Weeks, Fulchino actually stopped the juggernaut Brewers' offense with nine straight outs.

Goat of the Game:
Does it seem like I'm picking on Berkman? Maybe so, because it's real easy to do from Tennessee. I'm going to the game in Atlanta on Saturday, so I don't mind explaining. But a 6-11 record with Berkman hitting .186 makes a little sense.

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