Well, that wasn't much fun. Pence batted 2nd, Pudge 7th. Hampton threw way too many pitches, and the Astros didn't get enough runs for the baserunners they had. So let's work the formula:
Too many pitches + too few runs = L.
What did I say? Jump on Pineiro on the first pitch, and be aggressive! What happened on the first pitch?
Pence: Called strike
Berkman: Called strike
Lee: Called strike
Pudge: First pitch, unassisted double play (so it didn't work, but he was the first to at least give it a shot)
Hampton: Ground out
Matsui: Called strike
Berkman: Ground out
Lee: Called strike
Blum: Called strike
Pudge: Called strike
Tejada: Called strike
Bourn: Called strike
So, on 26 first pitches, nine were taken for called strikes, nine were taken for balls, seven were swinging - three for groundouts and three for fouls, and only one for a hit. That was the line on Pineiro, 14 ground outs, 3 fly outs. The Astros left 8 baserunners before using up their allotted outs for the inning. Carlos Lee busted out, a couple of days late (but show up to Spring Training on time, and maybe you start with everyone else!), going 3-for-4 with a homer to make the game 4-3.
Hampton showed just about every pitch he had to Skip Schumaker in the bottom of the 1st, by throwing a changeup, slider, cutter, and curve. In fact, it wasn't until the 16th pitch of the game that Hampton threw his fastball - which topped out at 90.
5IP, 4H, 3ER, 4BB, 5K; 92 pitches/53 for strikes (57.6%)
24 batters faced - 15 outs (62.5%), 3.83 pitches per batter, 6gb/4fb
1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER; 16p/10s (62.5%)
5bf/3o (60%), 1gb/2fb
1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB; 24p/8s (33.3%)
6bf/3o (50%), 2gb/1fb
1IP, 1K; 15p/9s (62.5%)
3bf/3o (100%), 1gb/1fb
Man of the Match:
Carlos Lee. Welcome to 2009. 3x4 with a homer in the 8th.
Goat of the Game:
Tough call between Hampton and Brocail, but I'm going to give it to Hampton. Too many balls, a lollygag play that allowed Pujols to score in the 3rd.